The independent Care Quality Commission found standards in many hospitals are falling short of what is expected and are now calling for mandatory standards to be introduced, just like schools and prisons. Richard Jones reports.
Half of all hospital patients are dissatisfied with the food they're served. And today the Care Quality Commission has released a survey showing that in many cases - tighter budgets mean - standards are getting worse.
Now there are calls for mandatory standards to be introduced after food in Medway Maritime Hospital was judged to be some of the worst in the country. Our reporter Nashreen Issa talks to chief nurse Steve Hams and Alex Jackson from the Campaign for better hospital food.
Salisbury- Quality 5.7/10, Choice 8.6/10
Southend- Quality 5.6/10, Choice 9.2/10
Surrey & Sussex- Quality 5.0/10, Choice 8.6/10
Bournemouth & Christchurch- Quality 5.7/10, Choice 8.2/10
Southampton- Quality 4.8/10, Choice 8.7/10
Western Sussex- Quality, 5.5/10, Choice 8.5/10
Basildon & Thurrock - Quality 5.0/10, Choice 9.0/10
Brighton & Sussex - Quality 5.6/10, Choice 9.0/10
Buckinghamshire- Quality 5.1/10, Choice 9.1/10
Dartford & Gravesham- Quality 4.5/10, Choice 7.8/10
Dorset County - Quality 6.3/10, Choice 9.3/10
East Kent - Quality 5.1/10, Choice 8.5/10
East Sussex - Quality 5.3/10, Choice 8.5/10
Frimley Park - Quality- 6.0/10, Choice 8.7/10
Basingstoke & North Hampshire- Quality 5.8/10, Choice 8.9/10
Heatherwood & Wexham Park- Quality 3.8/10, Choice 8.9/10
Isle of Wight- Quality 5.5/10, Choice 8.4/10
Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells- Quality 5.2/10, Choice 8.4/10
Medway- Quality 4.0/10, Choice 8.1/10
Oxford- Quality 5.2/10, Choice 8.9/10
Poole- Quality 6.1/10, Choice 9.1/10
Portsmouth- Quality 5.3/10, Choice 8.8/10
Royal Berkshire- Quality 6.1/10, Choice 8.9/10
Royal Surrey- Quality 5.1/10, Choice 8.2/10
Complaints and jokes about hospital food are as old as the NHS.Too often it's too cold, or too late, or too little - or all three of those things.
But you'll struggle to find a complaining patient in the hospitals of east Kent. They've introduced a radical new catering system that's transformed lunchtimes.
Patients have a choice of 24 dishes. And they arrive hot and and on time. John Ryall speaks to nutrition expert John Edwards, Helen O'Keefe from the Kent and Canterbury Hospital and dietician Vicky Pout.