Scotland bans sale of high-energy drinks in hospitals to individuals aged <16 years

  • Scottish Government
  • 26 May 2019

  • curated by Pavankumar Kamat
  • UK Medical News
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The Scottish Government has made a decision to ban the sale of high-energy drinks in hospital retail units to individuals 150 mg/L.

The ban is a part of the most recent update to the Healthcare Retail Standard, which is a set of regulations that all retailers functioning in NHS Scotland sites must adhere to. The goal is to increase the availability of healthier food and drink options in shops within NHS buildings, i.e. a minimum of 50 per cent of food and 70 per cent of drinks on sale. It is also expected that the NHS-run catering sites will match the change.

Joe FitzPatrick, the Scottish Public Health Minister, said: "The Healthcare Retail Standard supports healthier eating across the NHS estate and it is right that our hospitals show a lead in providing food and drink which is health promoting."