Consultation on sugary drinks

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust is calling on patients and the public to have their say in a consultation being run by NHS England on plans to cut the sales of sugary drinks sold in hospitals.

NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England, setting the priorities and direction of the NHS and encourages and informs the national debate to improve health and care.

England would become the first  nation in the world to take action across its health service in this way. The formal consultation gives details of a proposed new fee to be paid by vendors and seeks views on an outright ban, as well as alternative measures to reduce sales of sugary drinks.

NHS premises receive heavy footfall from the communities of which they are a part with over 1 million patients every 36 hours, 22 million A&E attendances and 85 million outpatient appointments each year.

For more details and to take part in the survey, please visit the NHS England website.