Scandal of junk food available in NHS hospitals: Critics say presence of Burger King, Costa Coffee and Greggs amounts to ‘negligence’
- More than 100 NHS hospitals in Britain contain national fast food outlets
- This is without taking into account independent retailers selling snacks
- Critics say presence of such outlets is adding to soaring obesity crisis
- Figures come days after MPs said fast food in hospital should be banned
More than 100 NHS hospitals in Britain contain fast food outlets, shocking new figures have revealed.
Critics argue the presence of Burger King, Costa Coffee and Greggs around sick patients goes as far as being negligent – and is simply adding to the soaring obesity crisis.
There are 128 outlets in British hospitals selling junk food, plus a further 32 branches of WHSmith, which sells confectionery – often at a discounted price.
More than 100 NHS hospitals in Britain contain fast food outlets, worrying new figures have revealed. Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge operates a food court with a Burger King (pictured)
The fast food branches include two Burger Kings, six Subways and one Greggs, an investigation byThe Sun revealed.
There are also dozens of coffee shops selling calorie-laden food and drink – with 27 Starbucks and 92 Costas.
This is in addition to all the smaller, independent retailers in hospitals selling junk food.
The news comes as figures from Public Health England show that in Britain, 64 per cent of adults are either overweight or obese.
And experts estimate treating obesity and the associated health problems costs the NHS around £6 billion every year – or five per cent of the entire NHS budget. It spends a further £10billion on diabetes.