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Hospitals: Food

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average daily allocation of funding is for food for a hospital inpatient. (290765)

There is no national health service daily allocation as such so this information is not collected in the precise format requested. However, information provided to the Department shows that in 2007-08 the average cost of feeding one patient per day was £6.97.

This cost relates to the average daily cost for the provision of all meals and beverages fed to one patient per day, across all NHS trusts in England. The cost should include all pay and non-pay costs, including provisions, ward issues, disposables, equipment and its maintenance.

The information has been supplied by the NHS and has not been amended centrally. The accuracy and completeness of the information is the responsibility of the provider organisation.