England has fallen woefully behind Scotland and Wales in the provision of healthy food and drink in hospital vending machines, the World Cancer Research Fund has warned.
A survey found that England had no national guidelines on the content of hospital vending machines, and as a result three quarters of English hospitals had no policy in place.
Both the Welsh and Scottish governments introduced national guidelines in 2008.
However, having recently visited one particular Glasgow hospital it does not appear that they are taking any notice of the guidelines.
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