UNHEALTHY foods could be banned from vending machines at Basildon Hospital.
Nigel Beverley, chairman of the hospital trust, is investigating a ban after it was proposed by a resident who visited the hospital.
Jacky Rands, 51, from Ramsden Heath, said she was running an information stall for dementia sufferers in the hospital foyer when she spotted that its vending machines were filled with unhealthy foods.
She said: “All the food in the vending machines was diabolical. They were full of sugary and fatty foods like sweets and crisps, and fizzy drinks.”
Jacky spotted Mr Beverley as he entered the hospital and collared him as he walked past.
She said: “I took him over to the vending machine and said, ’Look at all this. There’s no nutritional value in there whatsoever. It’s just horrendous’.
“I don’t think someone like Basildon Hospital should be advocating those types of foods. People are eating them and then ending up on the hospital’s wards, and the hospital is encouraging them to keep eating them.
“I told him it’s not good enough. The hospital should be selling food that helps people’s health. He said I was right and that he would take it to the board.”
A Basildon Hospital spokesman confirmed Mr Beverley would raise the concerns.
They said: “Nigel Beverley agreed that he would look into the matter. His inquiries will take place in the coming weeks.”