The Government is enforcing new minimum standards for hospital meals after what campaigners say has been years of soggy and unhealthy dishes.
Patients will be "screened" on arrival over their nutritional needs and offered a better selection of well-cooked meals.
The Government wants to see freshly prepared and healthier meals, which is why they brought in these minimum standards.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead already prepares 1,400 meals a day for their patients, which is what the Government want to see more of, as well as meals like fish served twice a week and less salt in potatoes and rice.
Ian Stafford, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, says they welcome the new higher standards.
Viewers have expressed mixed reactions over the state of food in the nation's NHS hospitals - ranging from outrage to disbelief of criticism over Britain's healthcare system.
Yes we pay taxes...it's food...don't like it don't eat it! There are thousands of people all over the world who are suffering without food for days and people still moan! It's not a 5 star restaurant!
– Viewer Michelle Cagnasso
I used to serve food up on the wards. Food looks fine, yet as soon as it's put in the heating trolley it goes all sloppy. Also the lack of help with giving out the food to patients mean that on big wards even the heating trolley doesn't keep food warm for all the patients.
– Viewer Rachael Parnham
While in hospital once, I stated I was vegetarian. For lunch I received a beef salad. I explained to the staff member handing out meals that I was vegetarian and asked if I could possibly have something without meat, and after being tutted and sighed at, was presented with a chicken salad and told to 'pick the salad from around the meat'.
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.