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It's a bold new move to try to improve the standard of food in our hospitals. As part of a national campaign to raise the quality of meals they will have to meet set requirements to provide healthy and nutritious meals for patients. Latest statistics show a wide variation here in the South East. Andrea Thomas reports now from the Kent and Canterbury Hospital which was rated highly. She spoke to patients, hospital matron Wendy-Ling Relph and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Rankings of hospital care according to the quality of the food they serve will help improve the transparency of the NHS, the Health Secretary has said.
Speaking as the Department of Health launched a crackdown on hospital food, Jeremy Hunt said:
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says new guidelines are designed to ensure high food standards are upheld in hospitals across the NHS.
He said that while the "majority" of NHS patients felt the food was "good or very good", healthier, more nutritious foods would help people recover more quickly when in care.
Sweeping changes to the standards of hospital food "are about good nutrition" to ensure patients have the best chance at a full recovery, a charity has told Good Morning Britain.
Ruth Isden said patients did not expect hospitals to be "five star restaurants" and good quality food "was a really important of their care".
Hospitals across the region will now have to meet mandatory food standard requirements for the first time. The NHS will be ranked on food quality as part of a national campaign to raise standards of hospital food across the country. Hospitals will also be asked to encourage healthy eating, high-quality food and excellent nutritional care. ITV Meridian spoke to Andy Jones from the Hospital Caterers Association.