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NHS' £320m on supplements

Hospitals spend more money on nutritional supplements than food, according to campaigners who say the NHS in England spent £320 million on supplements for hospital patients in 2012, compared to £270 million on food ingredients.

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Hospital food 'must be improved'

Lady Cumberlege, who is introducing a new Hospital Food Bill, said it is "clear to patients and their families" that hospital food needs to be improved as campaigners revealed the NHS spends more on nutritional supplements than food ingredients.

It is especially clear to patients and their families that something needs to be done to improve hospital food.

One simple way to do this is to require all patient meals to meet minimum standards of quality, like those that exist for school food and prison food.

– Lady Cumberlege

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