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Junk food banned from hospital vending machines in Wales

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Crisps, chocolate and sugary drinks will be removed from vending machines in all NHS hospitals in Wales.

The action, the first of its kind in the UK, has been taken by the Welsh Assembly Government as part of a strategy to improve hospital food and nutrition.

Machines with the unhealthiest foods will be removed from the majority of hospitals over the next six months.

Work with major vending machine providers will now begin to find ways of introducing healthier products to hospitals.

Edwina Hart, Welsh health minister, said: ‘We need to create an environment where it is easier for people to make healthy choices and our public sector settings should be an exemplar of best practice, particularly our hospitals.’

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  • The "nanny state" strikes again. What happened to freedom of choice. I am all for healthy food but there are times in a very busy shift that people need a sugar rush & they don't have time to have a snack or a meal whereas a bar of chocolate can be eaten on the move

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  • NHS Highland are already making moves to introduce healthier choices from vending machines .-O.K. if you work a 7.5 hour day and can get out for lunch to make your own choices .Too bad if you work 11.5 hour day stretching to 13 hours with no break ..and a canteen that only opens for a combined total of 6 hours in the whole 24 . There has to be access to emergency chocolate somewhere!

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