Better food - Compulsory standards introduced for hospitals

Hospitals across the region south 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.

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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.

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Hospital food rankings 'make NHS more transparent'

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:

We are making the NHS more transparent, giving patients the power to compare food on wards and incentivising hospitals to raise their game.

Many hospitals are already offering excellent food to their patients and staff. But we want to know that all patients have nourishing and appetising food to help them get well faster and stay healthy, which is why we're introducing tough new mandatory standards for the first time ever.

– Jeremy Hunt

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New mandatory food standards for hospitals

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.

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