The Royal College of Midwives has hit back at the Department of Health’s suggestion that NHS staff should lose weight.
The Department of Health has urged obese midwives and nurses to enroll in weight loss programmes.
General secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, Cathy Warwick, said: ‘We must avoid blaming midwives. Eating well and having a healthy lifestyle is difficult. There are some midwives who are stressed or excessively tired because of the hectic nature of their work and they don’t have time to take breaks.’
The Department of Health’s report ‘Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: One Year On’ said: ‘Over the next year, we will develop bespoke programmes to support achieving and maintaining a healthy weight for key frontline staff who advise and interact with children and families on obesity, such as maternity staff, midwives, health visitors and school nurses.’
Around 700,000 people working in the NHS are thought to be overweight or obese, according to the report.