Hospital told to look at nurse obesity

Obesity levels among nurses at Russells Hospital in Dudley need to be tackled, a top director has suggested.

Health bosses at the hospital have been advised to look at the issue of obesity among staff in a ‘sensitive way’.

It comes after non-executive director Richard Miner commented on national research into obesity among nursing staff.

Andrew McMenemy, director of human resources at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The trust proactively promotes healthy lifestyles and healthy eating among both our staff and patients. We support staff with a choice of healthy food options in the restaurants and by advertising the fresh fruit and veg stall at the entrance to Russells Hall Hospital. There is also a gym on site with reduced membership rates for staff alongside a number of other initiatives.

“We don’t believe we have an obesity problem among nursing staff or any other particular staff group. However, we continue to support our staff to make healthy choices.”

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