Practice what you preach

We are always being told that chocolate bars, crisps, fizzy drinks etc are bad for us. So why is this in the waiting area of a local A&E.



Author: jazz606

An Old Dog

10 thoughts on “Practice what you preach”

  1. Oh, it’s perfectly simple. A 500ml bottle of fizzy drink costs them 10p and they sell it for £2. A bag of crisps costs 5p, they sell it for £1. There is invariably a high turnover rate, so they can easily bring in a few thousand quid a week with little effort.

  2. CT you’re right. Hospitals are getting a little bit like airports. They seem to be forgetting their primary purpose i.e. medicine and transport. And if Oxford Brookes is anything to go by so are the universities. Brookes has a shopping mall and a bloody great Costa. The toxic marketing culture seems to pervade everything. If the hospital seeks to make cash from us it should do so by selling healthy stuff, but the markup probably isn’t enough.
    If I had my way I’d do a ‘moneychangers in the temple’ thing and sling them all out.

  3. In fact the products they sell are not akshully dangerous. They are bad if taken in excess. Like everything else. I don’t want a gubmint that prescribes my life-style. Do you? You have already condemned everything that is politically correct. But now you want the Nanny State to cure us of bad habits.

  4. Large corporations enter into sponsorship agreements with universities. In exchange for doling out packets of dosh, universities grant them exclusive merchandising rights. So, Costa sponsors a few events and makes some contributions to the general fund, etc. and they are the only coffee shop permitted on campus. Coca Cola does the same and the only products that can be sold on campus are those by the Coca Cola corporation and the companies it owns. Likewise, a property management corporation can be contributions and in turn have exclusive operations rights. I, of course, agree with you wholeheartedly. Since the end of the Second World War we’ve apparently done everything in our power to cock things up.

    Nota bene: healthy foods would, as you suggest, quickly become prohibitively expensive if the same mark-up were applied. In most instances they have to provide nominally “healthy” options, but that’s comparative and generally on the low end.

  5. Janus: I think Jazz has a point. We have to endure lectures about living healthier lives, but they sell crisps and fizzy drinks at extortionate rates to those feeling a bit peckish. We have to hear about the evils of capitalism and needing to behave in socially responsible ways only for the same person who gave that lecture to turn around and remove all product choice in exchange for the requisite fee. We can’t fault Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, McColl’s, McDonald’s, etc. from catering to vices as well as virtues. They are there to run a business and, by that virtue, turn a profit. It would be nice if the holier-than-thou mob would at least hold out for the requisite 30 pieces of silver. They seem content to sell their souls for an as at most, more often than not, a quadran.

  6. Wot are these machines? I have never, ever used one on the assumption they contain neither freshly roasted hog nor ale and none of these at a decent price. Anyway, I make sure I have enough of the aforementioned in The Cave to give me sustenance when I am out and about.


  7. OZ, one hopes not to have to be at an NHS facility while out and about. People who do also have to snack, unprepared, as it were. I had occasion recently to need a drink at 2 a.m while visiting someone at the emergency services.

  8. In our local hospital there is a cafe run by volunteers, selling proper food and drink. The work is done by the Friends of the Hospital and all profits go to the hospital. It is a blessing to be able to buy something, either from a machine or a cafe, to keep a fretful child happy while waiting for Xray results.

  9. Having had to take my mother to A&E in the Royal Sussex on a number of occasions – always (of course) at ‘unsocial’ times (i.e. late at night!) – let me tell you that we didn’t care if the food machines sold healthy or unhealthy food … as long as something to eat was available – usually the food machines were empty.

    There was one occasion, when I had ‘landed’ early enough in the day to buy skate (my all-time favourite fish!) for our evening meal. I was half way through cooking it, when my mother sliced her leg open – it later transpired that it was cut right through to the bone.

    With blood pouring out of her wound, my mother flatly refused to allow me to call the paramedics until we had eaten our meal on the grounds that she wanted something to eat before facing ‘THAT PLACE’, because she knew she would get no food whatsoever there – and she was right.

    While I have some sympathy with the complaint that hospitals should, perhaps, provide healthier options than chocolate, and fizzy drinks – there is the cost factor – that healthier options tend to have a short shelf-life, whereas choccies, chippies, and fizzies do not.

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