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Hospitals: Food

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the quality of hospital food; and if he will assess the potential of local sourcing in improving its quality. (202430)

Good quality food is important for all patients, and standards have risen. The Healthcare Commission reported that over 96 per cent. of trusts were meeting the core standards on hospital food.

The National Patient Safety Agency Patient Environment Action Team Assessments show that 99.5 per cent. of hospitals were rated as acceptable or above, with over 46 per cent. of hospitals rated as ‘Excellent’.

In the Healthcare Commission’s 2006 in-patient survey, 54 per cent. of patients rated the food as ‘very good’ or ‘good’, and 79 per cent. said they were given a choice of food while in hospital.