Extract from the Observer article:
"Hospital food is so bad that 20 per cent of the staff would be unhappy to eat it and one in four patients asks relatives to bring in meals, according to a survey by the consumer organisation Which?
The new research reveals that some hospitals are offering many of the 13 million people admitted every year unhealthy food, portions that are too small and cold meals in the evening. Patients' other complaints include being served meals at inconvenient times and failure by hospitals to cater for people with special diets, such as diabetics and the overweight.
Michael Summers, a vice-chairman of the Patients' Association, said the quality of hospital food had improved until many hospitals began running up deficits. 'There had been quite a decent variety of food, people given menus the night before and the temperature of the food was taken. But cutbacks by hospitals have had a terrible effect,' said Summers. 'It's quite common now for hospital food to be sub-standard.'
Some of the 3,000 patients interviewed described the food they had been served as 'repulsive' or 'a disgrace'. One had been given a pie and chips despite struggling to drink because of tonsillitis; another was given sandwiches for dinner.
After interviewing 250 doctors, nurses and other NHS personnel, Which? also found that one in five hospital staff would turn their nose up at food served to patients. 'We are extremely concerned that hospital food is still of such poor quality that just a third of people feel they're getting the food they need to get better, and that one in four thinks it's so bad they have to make alternative arrangements,' said Clare Corbett, a health campaigner with Which?"
I found the meals provided while I was an in-patient in the Northern General Hospital Sheffield in the summer were very poor and I had to get friends to bring me in unsalted protein food and extra fruit. Most of the hospital meals were high in salt despite the Chief Dietician's claims to the contrary...)o:
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