The fast food giant has a takeaway on the concourse at the world famous Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.
NHS chiefs face a £1million “fine” for kicking Burger King out of a top hospital.
The fast food giant has a takeaway on the concourse at the world famous Addenbrooke’s Hospital , Cambridge.
Addenbrooke’s – an acclaimed cardiac centre – has a 25 year contract with the company that sublets space to the chain which is due to end in 2024.
But terminating the contract before then would cost the hospital – whose trust is facing a £56.3million deficit – around £1million in financial penalties.
NHS hospitals across the UK are under growing pressure to end the sale of junk food and promote better diets as part of an anti obesity drive.
Addenbrooke’s, whose food hall also includes a Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Marks & Spencer, is the last NHS hospital with a Burger King on site.
It is just a few hundred yards from a sixth form college whose students use the Burger King at lunchtimes.
Katherine Button, co-ordinator for the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, said: “It’s outrageous that Burger King has free reign to sell junk food in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, alongside the their specialist cardiology and coronary care unit, until 2024.
“Burger King has failed time after time to meet government guidelines on healthy food, from the government’s responsibility deal to NHS England targets.