Sustain member the British Dietetic Association calls for investment to tackle preventable malnutrition which affects millions of people across the UK.
Sustain has welcomed commitments from shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth that a future Labour Government would introduce legal standards for hospital food, extend the sugary drinks tax and ban junk food advertising during family TV, for the benefit of the nation's health.
Today, the Labour Party’s Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, will announce a new commitment that a future Labour government would place hospital food standards on the same legal basis as school food standards.
NHS England faced criticism yesterday after releasing figures that showed one third of hospitals had failed to sign up to their initiative to reduce sugary drinks sales. Read Sustain's response.
There were 617,000 hospital admissions where obesity was listed as a primary or secondary diagnosis in 2016-17. This is 18 per cent more than the 524,725 admitted in 2015-16, according to the NHS Digital data released yesterday. Read the response from the Campaign for Better Hospital Food.
Nourish Scotland and the Poverty Truth Commission have released a report that aims to be a practical resource to help projects think about what dignity looks like in practice and how this can be achieved.
A new report Step up to the Plate: Towards a UK food and poverty strategy was launched this week at a roundtable event in Portcullis House hosted by Kate Green MP and Kevin Holindrake MP. This report highlights some of the key issues surrounding the lack of food insecurity measurement, the growth of food charity, and the human right to food.
Northampton clinic St Andrew’s Healthcare has opened a bakery at its hospital that will teach vocational skills to mental healthcare patients.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger’s new inquiry report on hidden hunger and malnutrition and older people provides an update on the extent of and drivers for malnutrition among older people and sets out recommendations for government, councils, care providers and third sector organisations.
Croydon's SUGAR SMART campaign launched at the Surrey Street Community Market in the heart of the borough, alongside other local healthy lifestyle initiatives working together to improve the lives of local residents.
The NHS England ban on the sale of sugary drinks has been written into the updated Standard Contract for hospitals and the new rules will come into force later this year. Read Sustain's response.
The British Dietetic Association have updated their policy on Sustainable Diets. The influential health professionals say we should reduce our red and processed meat and instead get protein from beans and pulses.
A Real Bread Campaign report on therapeutic baking workshops at Bethlem Royal Hospital.
Please vote for the Campaign for Better Hospital Food’s new Patient Jury.
Today Prue Leith and the Campaign for Better Hospital Food are calling for the Department of Health to improve hospital food standards for patients. Add you voice to theirs and email Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to demand better hospital food.
The General Election on 8 June 2017 is our opportunity to get legal standards for hospital food on the political agenda and in the manifesto of the next UK government.
The Campaign for Better Hospital Food welcomes the move by NHS England, announced today, to limit the amount of sugary drinks sold in our hospitals.
Sustain's Childrens Food Campaign sets its sights on the fate of the Sugary Drinks Industry Levy in Tuesday's Finance Bill
A new report from the Campaign for Better Hospital Food looking at how hospitals meet government food standards has received widespread coverage and the backing of chef and TV star Prue Leith. Read on for more coverage of the report.
This report shares the results of research into NHS hospital food standards across one geographical area, London. It is hoped that this test case can be used to understand more about hospital food nationwide. For this, the Campaign for Better Hospital Food collected data from 30 of the 39 acute hospitals in London.
For the first time the Campaign for Better Hospital Food has undertaken an in-depth report into the current state of hospital food in NHS England, using London as a test case for the rest of the country.
Cookery writer said 'inedible' NHS food is stopping patients from getting well. She said it was contractors trying to save money who were to blame, not cooks. Prue Leith said healthier menus would speed up recovery rates and free up beds.
The responsibility for hospital food standards officially passed from the Department of Health (DH) to NHS Improvement (NHSI) in February 2017 - despite no-one being in post to take on the work.
A review of progress towards standards set for hospital food two years ago shows how much work remains to be done before patients, staff and visitors can be confident that they will be well fed on hospital premises.
Department of Health data released today shows that Government rules for food served to NHS patients are being missed by almost 50% of hospitals in England.
Shops, restaurants and catering companies that sell food in NHS hospitals have been rated for their commitment to healthy eating.
The Campaign Better Hospital Food is alarmed by a new study that has found worrying levels of antibiotic-resistant E.coli bacteria in British supermarket meat. We want the NHS to look again at their supply chains and ensure they do not support farming techniques that undermine the antibiotics that our health service relies upon to keep us well.
"The Campaign for Better Hospital Food is concerned that the Government’s plans to tackle childhood obesity, published today in the obesity plan, are underwhelming at best."
The Campaign for Better Hospital Food needs your photos and stories to urge the government to fix hospital food for good.
The Parliamentary Office on Science and Technology has produced a useful summary of the reasons for unhealthy diets -- and the steps that can help improve them.
After pressure and encouragement from the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, and others, NHS England has put in place national targets to reduce the promotion of foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) in hospitals.
The NHS in England is step up its efforts to improve the health of its 1.4 million staff by offering financial incentives to promote physical and mental health and provide nurses, doctors and ancillary staff with healthy food options.
Sadly the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust closed its hospital kitchen doors for the last time this autumn as, despite best efforts from campaigners, the Trust moved its community hospitals to a cook-chill food system.
Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England has called on hospital catering vendors and PFI contractors to lead the way in offering healthy food to staff and patients.
The Campaign for Better Hospital Food today welcomed the announcement by NHS chief executive Simon Stevens that hospitals should ditch junk food from vending machines, staff canteens and retail outlets.
Revised standards for Scottish hospital food are to be introduced later this year.
New research published today by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food shows that at least 1 in every 4 hospital meals (26%) served to patients in NHS hospitals are likely to be left uneaten and thrown in the bin, a figure higher than previously recognised.
The Campaign for Better Hospital Food is collecting 45p cheques from members of the public in a bid to protect the closure of kitchens at hospitals in Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford, Chipping Norton and Witney.
UNISON is leading local efforts to stop the closure of kitchens at Luton and Dunstable Hospital.
Local campaigners ramp up the pressure to stop kitchen closures at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
The Nordicfood2024 conference is a series of workshops run by the Nordic Council of Ministers focusing on the future of Nordic food. One of the workshops looked at the potential for the six million plus public meals which are served in the Nordic region every day to contribute to a more sustainable and healthy food culture. The meeting called for more research into public meals in the region to encourage political support. Public meals, they said, should lead the way in healthy sustainable procurement and cooking. In addition the meeting called for flexible hospital meals to be available around the clock and for school meals to play their part in introducing children to a sustainable food culture. See also Sustain's work on hospital food and school food.
Raymond Blanc OBE has joined top doctors, patients, Oxfordshire businesses, hospital cooks, public health advisors, local councillors and health and environmental groups in opposing the closure of kitchens at community hospitals in Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford, Chipping Norton and Witney.
Bournemouth and Poole have been crowned the world's first sustainable fish city, after businesses serving 3.7 million meals per year in the city region commit to serving only sustainable fish.
In a recent report by Parliament's Health Select Committee MPs have called for the NHS to lead by example so that its properties are not promoting the over-consumption of energy dense nutritionally poor food. Experts told the committee that unlike smoking, where NHS is now effectively a smoke-free environment, the NHS had done little to promote healthy diets on the NHS estate and singled out those hospitals that even had fast-food outlets on their premises. Find out how you can support Sustain's campaign for Better Hospital Food.
The closure of hospital kitchens at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust will mean that more than £1 million of food which can currently be spent on fresh food will now be spent instead on ready meals, creating a loss of more than £3 million in economic benefits for Oxfordshire communities. This includes the loss of local jobs and withdrawal of vital business for local businesses. Support Sustain's campaign and sign the petition to halt the closure of the hospital kitchens.
The British Medical Association, NHS England, MPs and leading physicians call for a ban on the sale of junk food and sugary drinks in hospitals in order that the NHS leads by example to help tackle obesity and chronic diet-related disease. Take action to improve the healthiness of hospital food by supporting Sustain's campaign.
NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) have signed the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge, meaning only verifiably sustainable fish will be served in an estimated 850,000 meals per year. Sustainable fish standards will be mandatory in England from April 1st, yet worryingly few hospitals and caterers outside Wales have made the same commitment.
London Food Link and Real Bread Campaign supporter E5 Bakehouse has been chosen as a finalist in the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2015. The other independent, London food enterprises on the podium are Crystal Palace Food Market, Square Root Drinks and What the Dickens. London-based finalists also include the MA in Food Anthropology course at SOAS, the national (but currently predominantly Londony) Food Assembly, and Sustain's own national Campaign For Better Hospital Food.
Campaign for Better Hospital Food is nominated for a BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Award in the Best Initiative in British Food category.
Just imagine: you’re in hospital recovering from an operation. Your appetite is returning and you’re looking forward to nothing more complicated than a bowl of hot, tasty soup.
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