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Boost for NHS hospital food

17 December 2005
Boost for NHS hospital food

The quality of NHS hospital meals has soared in the past year, according to new figures from the Patient Environment Action Team.

The annual survey - which includes feedback from patients and healthcare teams - has monitored hospital food since the Better Hospital Food programme was launched in May 2001.

This year, nearly 84% of hospital meals were rated as excellent or good, up from 58% in 2004. No hospitals were deemed unacceptable and the proportion dubbed acceptable or poor dropped from 41% to 16%.

Alison McCree, chairman of the Hospital Caterers Association, said trusts had needed time to get to grips with new measures such as chef-devised dishes, protected mealtimes and 24-hour catering. The NHS serves about 300 million meals a year costing a total £500m.

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