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Devon health unit has worst hospital food in country

A psychiatric unit near Plymouth has the worst hospital food in the country.

That's according to a survey by the Department of Health and Age UK. It says the 12 bed centre at Lee Mill scored just 35% for patient satisfaction.

But Plymouth Community Healthcare, which runs the unit, says the survey was done at lunchtime when residents prepare their own meals as part of their therapy.

Chairman of Age UK, Dianne Jeffrey says good food is essential to patients' recovery...

Government plans for hospital food "won't make a difference"

A campaigner from Bath says government plans to improve food in hospitals don't go far enough.

Mark Sparrow spent 10 weeks in hospital documenting his experience and ever since has campaigned to change things. Now new rules are being brought in and hospitals that don't meet the standards could be fined and publically named and shamed.

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New food standards for the region's hospitals

Hospital food is set to improve Credit: PA

Hospitals across the West will be expected to comply with new food standards, the government has announced.

A report by the Hospital Food Standards Panel, led by Dianne Jeffrey, Chairman of Age UK, is recommending five legally-binding food standards for the NHS, which has worked with royal colleges and nutritional experts to come up with the new rules.

New food standards for the region's hospitals

Hospital food is set to improve

Hospitals across the West will be expected to comply with new food standards, the government has announced.

A report by the Hospital Food Standards Panel, led by Dianne Jeffrey, Chairman of Age UK, is recommending five legally-binding food standards for the NHS, which has worked with royal colleges and nutritional experts to come up with the new rules. It comes after recent criticism of food standards at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

Campaign to encourage people to choose Cornish

Cornish food producers are welcoming a campaign encouraging people to buy local produce.

The Choose Cornish Campaign is asking people to consider spending an extra 50 pence a week on Cornish produce to help support local farmers and suppliers. It could be worth £10 million a year to Cornwall's economy.

he idea is being launched as part of the Cornwall Food & Drink Festival which starts today in Truro.

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