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Midwives hit back at government drive to reduce weight of NHS staff

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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.

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  • John Howes

    I am a Staff Nurse in a 14 bed Critical Care Unit, 2 weeks ago I was nursing a patient in a reverse barrier nursing room, the patient had multiple sytem failures. The situation on the Unit outside was chaotic. Result, my relief for a short coffee break, after taking handover at 0730, was 1245pm, I took a 10 minute break, so the nurse relieving me could take her lunch break, my luncbreak came at 3.45pm, A sandwich and a drink took up 20 minutes, That was it until I had an evening meal at home at 8.30pm what price healthy eating.

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