NHS in England ponders sugary drinks ban

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The NHS in England is asking staff and the public about whether it should ban or impose a tax on any sugary drinks sold in hospitals.

Chief executive Simon Stevens says he wants the NHS to set a healthy example and “practise what we preach”.

He says trials at four NHS hospitals show either option could work.

If the plan goes ahead, England would be the first country in the world to take such action. The consultation runs until 18 January.

Subject to consultation, the drinks affected would be any with added sugar, including fruit juices, sweetened milk-based drinks and sweetened coffees.

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