KPMG’s Head of Healthcare, Jason Parker, comments on today’s Budget announcement:
“Interestingly the Chancellor’s speech made little mention of the NHS. The announcement that the public sector will have to increase contributions to employers’ pension schemes from 2019, will be welcomed by NHS employees, but not by the NHS organisations who have to foot the bill.
“With obesity costing our economy £27bn a year, the Government has taken the decision to tackle childhood diet with the aim of saving the NHS money in the long-run. The introduction of a sugary soft drinks levy, which will double funding for sport in primary schools, has been introduced with the thought this will reduce obesity-associated illnesses. It goes without saying that it won’t be easy to measure the success of this tax, and the industry might question whether this short-term option will make an impact in the absence of campaigns to educate our children on the health implications of unhealthy foods as a whole."
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