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NHS staff 'could be incentivised to lose weight' says NHS England head

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has said the NHS should incentivise staff to eat healthier and lose weight to provide an example for other organisations, reports have claimed.

The Sun newspaper claims on its front page today that Mr Stevens recalled how he lost three stone over the past three years helped by an employer incentive scheme while working in the US.

He said the NHS could offer similar incentives.

Mr Stevens said: ‘The fact that as a nation we’ve all been putting on the pounds for several years is bad for our health and bad for the health service.’

‘It’s hard for the NHS to talk about how important this is if we don’t get our own act together. I think the NHS has got to take an example in helping our own staff and hopefully other employers will follow suit.’

He added: ‘A lot of the food in hospital canteens, not just for patients, but for staff, is chips and burgers.’

‘The NHS as an employer, for our own nurses and other staff, could we offer positive incentives? Yes, I think we could.’

‘And some hospitals have begun doing that.’

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  • Yippee, bring it on! I shall start scoffing now to get some extra weight to lose so when the scheme starts I can earn more incentive. Then when I have lost the weight and got the incentive payment, start yo-yoing my weight to keep getting paid the incentive for losing it again, and again.....
    What a brill scam!

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  • What an excellent use of money the NHS doesn't have.
    The public has been bombarded with the obesity message for years and has paid no attention, but seeing a thin nurse will suddenly make them become successful at losing weight. yeah right.

    Mr Stevens, general practice is on its knees, perhaps you might devote some of your amazing abilities to putting right all the wrongs your organisation has inflicted on healthcare instead of coming up with frippery like this?

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  • Get with the programme.A normal propaganda technique. It's just to distract everyone from the real issues.

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  • Just the sort of nonsense which diverts attention from the real problems of the NHS. (Whatever you think those problems are. ;-) )

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  • What a complete idiot !!

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  • haha I have just started my diet this week. might put it on hold to see what incentives are involved!

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  • Really?????!!!!! And are you going to pay me to stay slim??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a complete joke and 'waist' of NHS money!!!!!........

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  • It's good to know that the vastly paid bureaucrat at the top of NHSE is devoting all his energies to the really important matters, and not wasting time on keeping the service afloat.

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  • Hadrian Moss

    Bill Tush through and through

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  • total bullying ignorant moron....but perfectly qualified then to run the abject failure known as the National Health Sabotage Executive..they are either delusionally misguided,corrupt or both.

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