Hospital food 'unacceptable'17th December 2007
A consumer survey has revealed that as many as one in three hospital patients are unhappy with the quality of food they receive.
The consumer charity Which? questioned 1,000 patients about the quality of their food with a quarter admitting that they had to rely on relatives to bring them something edible.
Complaints included hot food being still frozen in the middle or congealed and stuck to the plate while other patients said their dietary needs were not catered for. They pointed to poor vegetarian choices or a lack of knowledge about food allergies. Around 38% of patients said meal times did not match when they were able to eat.
Which? also spoke to 250 hospital staff members and more than 20% of those admitted they would not be happy to eat the food served to patients each day.
Clare Corbett, health campaigner at Which?, said while there were examples of good practice, the results had change little from 2006.
â€œFood is an essential aspect of making sure patients get better. We really need hospitals to act as beacons for healthy living and good nutrition,â€? she said.
Food critic Loyd Grossman, who was asked to head the governmentâ€™s Â£40 million Better Hospital Food Programme seven years ago, said earlier this year that he felt ministers were failing to take hospital patientsâ€™ nutrition seriously.
A Department of Health spokesperson said the DoH recognised good food was a priority issue and it was looking at how nutritional standards could be more fully implemented.
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Thursday 20th December 2007 @ 15:08
I agree about hospital food. The care I received after a mastectomey was great. The food was horrible. Luckily I was able to get to the coffee shop to buy decent grub but it all added to the cost of my stay. There was the cost of parking for visitors Â£2.10. The cost of TV Â£3.20 per day. Phone calls 50p. I am pleased I was only there 5.5 days. Still At least the staff were great and I recovered from my illness. Thank you James Cook Hospital.
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Title: Hospital food 'unacceptable'
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 5100
Date Added: 17th Dec 2007