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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.

New food standards for the region's hospitals

Hospital food is set to improve
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.

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Musgrove Park Hospital CQC Report

A report into the quality of care at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital has found some areas needed improvement but that the hospital is providing safe and effective care.

The areas highlighted for improvement included maintenance of theatre and wards in the older part of hospital.

It found that at busy times, patients had to wait longer for specialist treatment and older people may not receive the care and emotional support they need.

Dr Chris Gordon is chair of the CQC Inspection Panel.

Hospital is providing 'safe and effective care'

The health watchdog says Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton is providing patients with 'safe and effective care'.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission spent two days at the hospital in September, and made three unannounced visits.

They found some areas needed improvement but these were being addressed by the hospital's Trust.

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust was one of the first to be inspected under radical changes introduced by the CQC.

Musgrove Park Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

Hospitals in Bristol score well

Hospitals in Bristol have scored above the national average in new patent-led assessments which look at things like food, privacy, and cleanliness.

Thousands of members of the public joined with NHS staff to carry out the assessments. They were introduced earlier this year to give a snapshot of how hospitals are performing in a range of non-clinical areas.

Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

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