Labour pledges ‘mandatory minimum standards’ for hospital food

Labour pledges ‘mandatory minimum standards’ for hospital food

The Labour Party plans to bring in new laws to tackle bad hospital food after analysis of NHS Digital data found huge variations in spending.

144 million meals were requested by NHS inpatients in 2016-17, with some trusts paying less than £3 per patient.

Prisons and schools have legal minimum standards for meals but campaigners say this is long overdue in the NHS and have called on the government to follow suit.

Some Trusts have reported spending as much as £40 per day on a patient’s meals, but this is understood to be because the Trust has included staff and equipment costs.

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