NHS sugar tax

@garymarsh6 (14429)
United Kingdom
January 18, 2016 1:43am CST
I had to laugh this morning when I heard that the powers that be at the department of health have decided that any items of food containing sugar will incur a sugar tax. This includes food bought in the canteen or shops within the premises of a hospital. The reason I laughed is in the first place perhaps they should concentrate on selling more healthy products to start with. Over the past few years we have seen hospitals opening franchises of Mcdonalds and selling chips (Fries) from vending machines, vending machines selling sweet fuelled drinks (sodas) and chocolate bars (Candy bars). Why not sell fresh fruit, fresh fruit salads,freshly squeezed fruit juices, fresh salads for starters. Perhaps they should not be selling this type of foods containing vast quantities of sugar in the first place. In the hospital where I work the canteen is notoriously expensive for what they sell we never use it at all. I think we have only ever been in there once and I ended up only having a coffee. They have opened up a Muffin shop selling over priced sickly sweet muffins, cakes and sandwiches which are quite pricey in the first place. The only thing I can say about that place they do sell a rather tasty coffee but apart from that it is far too expensive to eat there regularly. Whilst obesity is becoming an ever increasing problem in the UK perhaps they should be targeting food manufacturers to reduce the sugar in the first place. Ultimately it is up to the individual what they put in their bodies. This type of food is quite clearly not healthy if eaten on a daily basis.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
18 Jan 16
This sounds like a simple case of using it as an excuse for increasing revenue.
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@marlina (78106)
• Canada
18 Jan 16
So typical of "money grabber taxman".
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@LadyDuck (176861)
• Switzerland
20 Jan 16
This is the reality Barry, an excuse for increasing revenue, just like the pollution tax to enter the center of some cities. It's not to protect people and the environment, but to make money.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jan 16
I agree wholeheartedly with your penultimate sentence. The individual has to make his own choices. Hospital canteens cater to visitors and workers, generally, so healthy isn't going to make them any money, lol.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 16
I guess they want to drum up business!
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@LadyDuck (176861)
• Switzerland
18 Jan 16
So from now on I suppose that every product will be charged with this tax. Now they put sugar in bread, sauces, soups... try to find something without sugar. It is also in cured meats.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 16
I think they are aiming for chocolate bars etc Anna but I know where you are coming from. Even fruit contains sugars although not refined sugar which is what they are targeting.
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@LadyDuck (176861)
• Switzerland
18 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 Fruits is natural sugar, so I hope they are safe, but added sugar in some products should be banned. Why to add sugar to soups and bread? It's simply because it's an easy way to make the bread rise faster and remove the acidity from the soups.
@jstory07 (69985)
• Roseburg, Oregon
19 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 I buy sugar free jello and puddin g and it is just as good. I also make sugar free cakes and frosting. Tastes just as good.
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@marlina (78106)
• Canada
18 Jan 16
There is also sugar in milk, are they going to tax this too?
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 16
Probably just water knowing this lot of muppets in power!
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@gr8nana6 (2190)
• United States
18 Jan 16
They been charging tax on candy, chocolate bars and soda pop for years here.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 16
Really so it has not done much for obesity in the states then Maria.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Jan 16
The thing that bugs me is that it is very difficult to buy healthy foods in many of these places. All that is on offer is fried food or sugary stuff.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 16
Drumming up extra business by making people sick!
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@TRBRocks420 (82802)
• Banks, Oregon
18 Jan 16
That's just ridiculous a sugar tax. What a bunch of non sense.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 16
In practice yes but in theory I think they are targeting the wrong people.
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@jstory07 (69985)
• Roseburg, Oregon
19 Jan 16
I try and eat healthy and every once in awhile will buy some junk food as a treat.
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@Inlemay (17012)
• South Africa
22 Jan 16
sugar should be taken in moderate portion always - I check the contents of most sweet delights I put in my mouth as I am borderline Diabetic
@Tampa_girl7 (26231)
• United States
20 Jan 16
It is the same way here.