Nurses have been told to shape up so they are fit enough to do their job and to set an example to patients, in new standards from their regulator.
Amid spiralling obesity levels, the watchdog’s new rules for the first time say that Britain’s 650,000 nurses and midwives have a “professional responsibility for adopting a healthy lifestyle”.
More than half of NHS staff are obese or overweight, contributing to a £5bn annual bill for the health service on conditions caused by obesity.
Nurses will be told they must “maintain a level of personal fitness and wellbeing required to meet people’s needs for mental and physical care,” amid concern that too many are too unfit to carry out physical tasks.
Physician heal thyself and all that.
Wonder what the punishment for breaching professional standards will be though…..