Grim photos show depressing reality of ‘home cooked’ NHS hospital food – some meals frozen a year earlier

Grim photos show depressing reality of ‘home cooked’ NHS hospital food – some meals frozen a year earlier

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THESE gruesome photos show the depressing reality of hospital food – and what is being served-up to some of the country’s most vulberable people.

Patients who need the most nutritious and nourishing meals to help with their recovery are in fact being dished up inedible and vile stodge that, in some cases was cooked and frozen months earlier.

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Patients who need the most nutritious meals are being served vile stodge[/caption]

Around a fifth of all hot meals served on the NHS are made at a single factory in Wiltshire.

Once frozen and tested, they are kept in a storage unit near the M5 in Bristol for two months before being delivered.

And more unusual products made by Apetito can be stored for up to a year before they get to patients. The NHS is thought to buy in half of all its hot meals from external suppliers.

These shocking facts have been faced with a backlash from charities including Sustain – who champion the Campaign for Better Hospital Food.

Moreover, a recent poll by the union Unison, found most NHS staff won’t touch the dishes served to their patients on the wards.

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Bake Off’s Prue Leith recently slammed the “inedible” NHS food[/caption]

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Hospitals spend just £1.37 per meal for each patient – whereas the Prison Services spend £2.02 on feeding convicts[/caption]

Kath Dalmeny, chief executive of Sustain, said: “We’ve been campaigning for almost 20 years for higher standards in hospital food, and the latest research shows that about half of hospitals do now comply with basic standards.

“Yet half do not, and successive governments have failed to take this seriously by setting down hospital food standards in law, independently monitored and enforced.

“The best hospitals prioritise fresh, healthy, sustainable and appetising meals, served in a compassionate way to help those with physical difficulties.

“Frozen meals can in theory meet high standards, but the reality is that those standards need to be championed by the NHS and hospital leaders to help vulnerable patients eat well and get better.”

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Around a fifth of all hot meals served on the NHS are made at a single factory in Wiltshire[/caption]

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Some NHS food is stored for up to a year before they get to patients[/caption]

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Charities including Sustain have called for better hospital food[/caption]

These horrifying pictures come after The Sun revealed that jailed criminals are being fed better than sick hospital patients.

Hospitals spend just £1.37 per meal for each patient – meanwhile the Prison Services spend £2.02 on feeding convicts.

Prisoners are treated to piping hot, healthy food served on time, whereas delays of up to two and a half hours leave NHS grub cold, shrivelled-up and inedible when finally served on the wards.

The shocking figures, which were released in 2017, sparked MPs’ calls for a review of food and nutrition in the NHS.

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Prince Charles has campaigned for improvements to hospital food since 2004[/caption]

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Prue Leith has dubbed hospital food ‘foul-smelling sludge’[/caption]

At the time Norman Lamb, Lib Dem health spokesman, said: “These findings paint a shocking picture of hospital food hygiene in this country.

“It is simply unacceptable that such terrible practices are taking place in an environment where hygiene and safety should be paramount.”

Health ministers, doctors and administrators need to be convinced that good food is medicine.


Prue Leith

Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith also slammed the “inedible” NHS food – claiming it prevents patients from recovering from illnesses.

Prue, 79, who replaced Mary Berry, hit out at the “foul-smelling sludge” served in hospitals.

In a column for The Oldie magazine, she blasted £1.49 per meal budgets but added: “That’s not an excuse for inedible meals.”


Prue said: “Health ministers, doctors and administrators need to be convinced that good food is medicine.”

She said that if bosses believed healthy food meant faster healing, happier patients and fewer bed nights, “I bet they’d find the money.”

Prince Charles has even been campaigning for improvements to hospital food since 2004 and urged all NHS hospitals to serve locally grown food.

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Jailed criminals are being fed better than sick hospital patients[/caption]

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Some hospital food is kept in a storage unit near the M5 in Bristol for two months before being delivered[/caption]


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