Fast-food chains could be told to cut the size of portions of chips, the chairman of the NHS watchdog says.Shouldn’t the NHS watchdog have far more important things to concern itself with, given the poor performance of so many of its hospitals?
Sir Michael Rawlins said the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) may produce guidelines to recommend smaller servings to help combat obesity.Well, that’s fine, then. Guidelines can be ignored, can’t they?
Sir Michael, who leaves Nice next year to become president of the Royal Society of Medicine, said: ‘Someone had actually reduced the number of chips in a standard portion.I really don’t think we need that kind of ‘help’. I’m pretty sure we don’t need to pay you to come up with it, either…
‘Nobody noticed, which is quite interesting. Nice could suggest it.
‘It could be a recommendation. When it comes to obesity we have to do more to help people reduce their intake of food.
'It is not a single bullet but a whole variety of things that we need to do to help people and help communities.’
The watchdog is drawing up guidelines to help councils and health trusts tackle obesity.What sort of public consultation?
This is expected to be published in November 2012 following public consultation.
The sort where the public point out what useless, counter-productive nannying claptrap you’ve come up with, and you then go ahead regardless?
The details are unlikely to include specific advice telling fast-food chains and restaurants to cut chip portions.Suggest away. I’m sure everyone will feel free to treat your suggestions with all the attention they really deserve.
However, Sir Michael indicated that in future the watchdog could suggest such measures.