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.