Today NHS England have announced that an outright ban on selling sugary drinks in foodservice or retail outlets on NHS premises will not come into force in July 2018, despite including a clause in NHS hospital contracts earlier this year that hinted a ban would be imposed.
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.
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.
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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.
Increasing consumption of 'out-of-home' meals has been identified as an important factor in rising levels of obesity. A new toolkit from Public Health England (PHE) aims to make it easier for small-scale food outlets -- and the planners and others who work with them -- to supply healthier foods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 needs your photos and stories to urge the government to fix hospital food for good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In an article for the Guardian, Prue Leith CBE calls the government's hospital food proposals "hopelessly weak". She calls on it to carry out radical changes to the way that food is served and sold in hospitals in England. This includes investing in more kitchens and setting more ambitious food standards in law. Take action at Sustain's Campaign for Better Hospital Food
Food writer says NHS catering contract changes due next month are ‘feeble’ and will not eradicate poor quality food and wastage in hospitals
The new guidelines are pathetic. Patients deserve so much better than plastic containers filled with sweaty cheese, dabs of marge and unidentifiable grey mush
Why the government must hand responsibility for monitoring hospital food to an independent body.
The reliability of hospital food inspections is questioned after the Daily Mail reveals that they are failing to reflect concerns about the quality of patient meals
Michael Seres has had more unappetising hospital meals than he cares to remember. Since the age of 12, the 45-year-old businessman has been in and out of hospital with Crohn's disease - inflammation of the gut - and has often found the meals given to him inedible.
Why the government must apply higher standards to hospital food
Why kitchens and NHS caterers are vital to improving the popularity, healthiness and sustainability of hospital food
From St Paul and Minneapolis to Cleveland, American hospitals are trying to turn their food around, and commit to using more local produce.
Campaigners have said that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's plans to provide mandatory food standards in England's hospitals are 'woefully inadequate'.
Alex Jackson: Government not done enough to improve hospital food
Hospitals are to be forced to meet 'tough new mandatory standards' under government rules to improve hospital food, the Department of Health announces.
Patients will receive a diet plan and be checked for malnutrition under new guidelines for food standards unveiled by the NHS.
Hospitals will be ranked on the quality of their food as new legally binding standards come into force, it has been announced
Hospitals in England will be expected to provide a higher standard of food under new measures being announced by the health secretary.
More fruit, less salt and choice of meal to be offered, with failure to make changes considered a breach of contracts.
As part of a national campaign to raise the quality of meals, the government has said hospitals will have to meet set requirements to provide healthy and nutritious meals for patients.
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