Burger King In Hospital To Be Closed Following Complaints

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A fast food restaurant which has been inside a Hampshire hospital for almost 20 years is set to close.Burger King’s branch within Southampton General Hospital had prompted criticism from health organisations. Health chiefs confirmed they would not be renewing the fast food outlet’s lease when it ran it out in 2016, looking for something more “reflective” of the “healthcare environment.” Patients and relatives have been able to order food at the Burger King branch inside the hospital, at the very same time health experts have called for sick people to eat nutritious, balanced meals.

 

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“The trust is currently in the process of redeveloping its main entrance retail area to ensure it is more reflective of the healthcare environment in which it is situated. The Burger King franchise currently occupies a retail space that is leased until 2016, but there are no plans to extend the contract beyond that point.”

– SPOKESMAN FOR UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL SOUTHAMPTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

“I think fast food outlets like Burger King have their place, but being in a hospital, to my mind, is not an appropriate place. This is welcome news and I hope other hospitals take the time to review the outlets that they have.”

– THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON ADULT AND CHILDHOOD OBESITY
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via ITV

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