Thursday, April 9, 2009
So the voice of DoH(Department of Health) has spoken. Overweight NHS staff must shed the pounds, to set a good example to patients.
I am sure it’s the right thing to do. I am told that over 700,000 nurses, midwives and health visitors are thought to be obese.
It makes sense that our medical angels should set a good example and change their own eating behaviours and lifestyles.
I know it will cost the economy an estimated £50bn a year by 2050.
But I cant help thinking if I was lying in a hospital bed clinging to life will it be the girth of the medical professional that will matter or their skills.
Thank goodness for the sense and logic of Helen Giles, HR director at homeless charity Broadway, who has spoken up and said it is not HR's responsibility to tell employees they are overweight. Its our job to set up a working environment where staff are productive and want to come to work,
Ps if you know me you will know why this has struck a nerve - if you don’t know me I am six foot two blond and have a 28 inch waist line a six pack and a couple of