Published: 10/03/2005, Volume II5, No. 5946 Page 10

Barnsley primary care trust withdrew confectionery sales in dining areas at three of its community hospitals and the PCT headquarters.

The chocolate and sweet ban was introduced as part of a wider campaign to promote healthy lifestyles.

'On the issue of healthy eating, we felt the PCT should lead from the front and so staff dining rooms were asked to run down stocks with the aim of not selling confectionery any more, ' he told The Guardian.

'We have got a big problem in Barnsley which has the highest rate of obesity in the region, ' he added.

PCT chief executive Alisa Claire said: 'NHS facilities should demonstrate how people can eat in a healthy way.' UK chocolate manufacturer Cadbury waded into the debate saying that while it was up to individual trusts and hospitals to decide what to offer: chocolate is 'a well known treat and a little bit of what you fancy does you good'.