M&S drinks ‘too healthy’ for the NHS

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

♦ NHS bosses com­plained when Marks & Spencer tried to make its drinks more healthy in its in-hos­pi­tal shops, a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive has re­vealed.

Claire Hughes, head of nutri­tion at the re­tailer, said a de­ci­sion to with­draw fizzy and other sug­ar­sweet­ened drinks from hos­pi­tal stores had an un­ex­pected re­sult.

Ms Hughes told the Pub­lic Health Eng­land con­fer­ence: “We had quite a lot of neg­a­tive feed­back, from some of the NHS Trusts, from some cus­tomers say­ing we’ve taken away their choice, and from some di­eti­cians, which I was quite sur­prised about. But we’ve per­se­vered with it and we’ve kept that.”

The shop­ping re­tailer also cut off pro­mo­tions for foods high in fat, salt and sugar in the 28 hos­pi­tal out­lets.

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