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Matt Hancock – NHS could save £100 million if everyone lost five pounds in weight? Hmm! 

 August 17, 2020

By  Christopher Bird

This article is a continuation of ‘Jamie Oliver obesity and pizza?’ commentary.

Matt Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Recently wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

If everyone who is overweight lost five pounds.

It could save the NHS over a hundred million pounds over the next five years. 

My initial reaction to this claim is its codswallop.

But let us analysis this. 

We might start by asking how on earth does anyone know that. But it might be more productive to ask a hundred million pounds. In NHS terms that is not a big number.

Think of it this way.

The population of the UK is a shade over sixty-five million people.

Hundred million pounds is a princely £1.50 each and remember that is over five years.

That works out to be thirty pence per person per year.

An alternative way to consider this. The budget for England alone is well over a hundred thousand million pounds per year. 

So, where does Mr Handcock get his figures? 

If you translate his figures as if everyone who is overweight lost five pounds it would save the NHS a tiny amount.

Frankly, I am a bit surprised it is not a bit more given the UK’s obesity problem.

So, if you want to lose a bit of weight all power to you. 

I hope you feel healthier and more energetic as a result.

But the Colin McCready Chief Financial Officer of the NHS is unlikely to notice sorry. 

If losing weight does not save that much money it could save lives. That has to be a good thing.

All said if a hundred million pounds could be saved. It could be spent repairing NHS buildings or improving cleaning standards. Just a thought. 


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