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.
“Hospital food has a deservedly poor reputation and NHS patients and staff deserve better. This report shows that at the moment most hospitals are not serving fresh, tasty and wholesome food so we must have legal standards, like those already in place for school food and prison food, to make sure good food is a priority in our hospitals.”
Prue Leith, Bake Off presenter and hospital food champion
Facts and infographics
The Campaign for Better Hospital Food policy asks
Introduction from the Campaign for Better Hospital Food
The Campaign for Better Hospital Food undertook a survey of food standards in NHS hospitals, using London as a test case. Thirty out of 39 of London’s acute hospitals responded. In addition we verified how many among the 39 had external awards and accreditations for their catering. Here are our key findings:
Better Hospital Food
Why the government must hand responsibility for monitoring hospital food to an independent body.
Why kitchens and NHS caterers are vital to improving the popularity, healthiness and sustainability of hospital food
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