NHS plan incentives – get paid to lose weight


The NHS has proposed a five year plan where employers offer cash incentives to workers to lose weight.


The plan to tackle obesity includes offering cash, prizes or shopping vouchers to employees if they lose weight under a ‘hard-hitting national action’ plan.


Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England said: “Put bluntly, as the nation’s waistline keeps piling on the pounds, we’re piling on billions of pounds in future taxes just to pay for preventable illnesses,”


“We have no choice but to do this. If we do it, a better NHS is possible. If we don’t the consequences for patients will be severe.”


NHS staff will also be urged to “set a national example” with healthier lifestyles.


The first ever Five Year plan for the health service warns “decisive action” is needed to change the way the NHS operates to cope with a rise in the size and age of the population. And local authorities are urged to crack down on fast-food outlets to improve healthy eating in their towns.


The report from the NHS in England has called for a ‘radical’ shake-up, with a need to shift resources from treating a disease to preventing the disease.


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    • Roy Peters

      23 October 2014 • 10:42

      The NHS may well be on its knees but this is not the way to fix the problem. To ease the financial burden the government should be putting an end to the FREE healthcare for immigrants and health tourists. In many other European countries you cannot get free health care until you have earned it.
      This ‘plan’ is a waste of time because it will not work. Some will sign up just to get what they can for free. Accept that we are in the AGE of FAT and do everything possible to change people’s eating habits, like shutting down all the MacDonald’s for example. Bringing back Physical Training lessons in school will be a good start. Let the children begin each day with a short Physical exercise routine in the playground before classes.
      To get rid of fat you need to re-educate people on eating habits and exercise. Nothing else will work.

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