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NHS boss tells overweight doctors to lose weight

Overweight doctors and nurses will be forced to shed pounds under new plans from the NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens.

The health chief wants to see staff lead by example as he tries to plug a £30 billion black hole in the NHS budget.

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Obesity 'bad for our health and bad for the NHS'

Packing on the pounds is "bad for our health and bad for the health service", NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has said.

Mr Stevens plans to help roughly a quarter of NHS staff who are severely overweight shed the extra pounds, so doctors and nurses can lead patients by example:

The fact that as a nation, we have all been putting on the pounds for the last several years is bad for our health and bad for the health service.

Its hard for the NHS to talk about how important this is, if we don't get our own act together.

I think the NHS has got to take an example in helping our own staff - and hopefully other employers will follow suit.

– Simon Stevens

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