Addenbrooke's Hospital 'shackled' to fast food contract

Image caption The hospital's food court includes a hamburger chain and a pizza chain

The boss of a Cambridge hospital has told the BBC he would like to ban fast food from the site, but is "contractually shackled" to provide it.

Dr Keith McNeil, chief executive of Addenbrooke's, already plans to ban smoking at the site from January.

He was asked if he also planned to ban fast food, and remove certain outlets from the hospital's food court.

Dr McNeil said: "If we could we would, but at the moment we're contractually shackled... but that's next, yes."

The hospital has a number of cafes and restaurants, including a burger chain and a pizza chain.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Addenbrooke's, did not want to comment further on Dr McNeil's statement.

But a spokesman said the hospital offered a number of healthy food options to staff, visitors and patients using the food court.

He added: "We continue to work with our retail partners to ensure there are balanced food choices available... and are implementing further healthy options in the very near future."

The hospital's contract with Gentian, a company which owns and manages retail facilities within NHS hospitals, runs until 2024.

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