'Tax soft drinks' urge Britain's doctors

The organisation which represents virtually every doctor in Britain says fizzy drinks should be taxed at 20% to help tackle obesity in Britain.

Rows of soft drinks on supermarket shelving
Rows of soft drinks on supermarket shelving Credit: Press Association

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges says not enough is being done to keep the nation healthy and it wants fizzy drinks, along with fatty foods, to be treated in the same way as tobacco.

Last month, a report from food and farming charity Sustain said money raised from each drink could go towards child health, and could raise £1 billion a year to pay for free school dinners.

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Doctors demand a soft drink tax

Nearly all Britain's doctors want an increase in the price of fizzy drinks of around 20% to help tackle obesity. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is also calling for a crackdown in fast food restaurants close to schools.