A specialist consultant in weight loss surgery has lost a bid to prevent branches of Costa Coffee cafe conducting business in Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital.
Dr Sally Norton, who works at Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospital, has been campaigning for more healthy food choices in hospitals. However, her latest attempts to stall the energy dense food takeover has come undone as health chiefs at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital have given the all clear for Costa to continue serving.
Dr Norton notes that the NHS should not simply treat people with illnesses but also foster the idea of healthy living and yet hospital heads allow intensely calorie laden foods to be freely sold and in some cases, actively pushed upon hospital visitors. With obesity and type 2 diabetes such a big health issue in modern times, it seems incredulous that hospitals should be party to the ubiquity of largely empty calories.
In a scene that will be familiar to many of us, Dr Norton recalls her experiences of Costa’s relentless calorie pushing: “When I try to grab a quick coffee from Costa, an obedient employee always tries to tempt me into buying one of their huge, sugar-laden and calorific cakes to go with it; hard …read more
Source:: News from Diabetes.co.uk