Responding to NHS England's proposal for a sugar levy across the NHS, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said:
“Sugary drinks while high in calories are of limited nutritional value. With people in the UK already consuming far too much sugar, doctors are increasingly concerned about how sugary drinks contribute towards the growing obesity epidemic and the development of conditions including diabetes; an illness which affects millions of people and costs the NHS a massive £14bn a year to treat - that’s £1.5m an hour.
“The BMA has long called for an end to the sale of all unhealthy food and drink products across NHS hospitals in the UK. It is an encouraging and positive first step for NHS England to deliver on its promise from earlier this year and help to cut obesity and promote healthy diets amongst its patients and staff, by introducing a sugar levy across our health service.”