NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde board members today backed a new policy which insists on the availability and promotion of a wide range of healthy food and drink choices in all of the health board’s food retail outlets.
The policy is the first of its kind in the NHS in Scotland as it covers all aspects of food sales across all types of food outlets operating on NHSGGC sites - both those delivered by the health board and those externally managed by other retailers and voluntary groups.
It will ensure an increased availability and much better access to healthier choices for staff, visitors and patients.
All ward trolley services to offer 50 per cent healthy choices
All drink vending to contain only sugar free items
All snack vending to offer 50 per cent healthy choice
All NHS cafes to adopt a pricing structure that favours healthier options
All retail outlets to only promote healthy items at point of sale
All retail outlets and shops to ensure 70 per cent of drinks are sugar free
All cafes and dining facilities to achieve the national Healthy Living Award criteria.
Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health, said: “The Scottish Government believes that hospitals should lead by example by making sure there is a good range of healthy food and drink available to staff, visitors and patients. I’m delighted to see NHSGGC making such a strong commitment to providing healthy choices on all its sites.”
Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC Director of Public Health, said: “A healthy diet is crucial for good health. It is incumbent on us as a health service to set a good example and ensure that we make it as easy as possible for staff, patients and visitors to make healthy choices in our cafes and shops. This new policy sets out clear and achievable standards for both our in-house food sales outlets and those run by commercial partners.
“We want to support and encourage our staff, visitors and outpatients patients to make healthy choices and we feel that the measures set out in our policy, such as setting a pricing structure that favours healthier choices, will help us to achieve this.
“We look forward to working with our external commercial and voluntary partners to ensure that the highest standards of healthy choices can be offered throughout all of the food retail outlets within our premises.”
The new policy covers food sales only and does not extend to the inpatient catering service which is managed though a separate policy. The menus for our inpatients have all been specifically developed by an expert group including caterers, dieticians, nurses and service users to ensure that the nutritional needs of our patients as defined by national nutritional standards can be met.
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