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The Campaign for Better Hospital Food represents a coalition of organisations calling on the Westminster government to make permanent, radical improvements to the nutritional, environmental and ethical standard of food served to patients in NHS hospitals in England. You can see a list of organisations supporting the campaign here.

It can do this by:

  • Setting new, higher standards for hospital food.
  • Putting the standards into law, thereby making them compulsory.
  • Having the standards checked by an independent organisation trusted by patients, staff and visitors.

Doing this would improve the quality of hospital food, and ensure that the standards continue to stretch hospitals over time. Setting ambitious hospital food standards would also help to:

  • promote health, by reducing saturated fat, sugar and salt, and ensuring it meets recommended dietary guidelines for patients,
  • protect the environment, by increasing the amount of food which is sustainably grown (such as organic), using less oil and water, enhancing the soil and biodiversity, and resulting in fewer greenhouse-gas-emissions (GHGs), and
  • support ethical food and farming practices e.g. by specifying animal welfare standards and guaranteeing that farmers who produce hospital food get fair pay and have safe working conditions.

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