Prison or NHS- food without thought
If you look at the number of NHS websites giving nutritional advice, you could easily believe that the organisation has our health interests at heart. Health care advisors are adamant that we are what we eat, and stress the importance of diet in maintaining a healthy body. The NHS takes nutrition very seriously, until, of course, you go into a public UK hospital. There, cost is king, and the priority has always been to keep spending down.
A report in a national newspaper revealed that prisoners held in police cells receive an average of £12.00 per day to spend on their meals, while the average spending per hospital patient is under £5.00. Last year, the Express newspaper discovered that North Bristol NHS trust spent just 50p (yes, 50p) on the average patients meal.
A recent survey by the Children's cancer charity, CLIC Sargent, also discovered that 9 out of 10 members of NHS staff had received a complaint about food. But despite that, the NHS and indeed the government's promises to improve catering in hospitals has improved little.
A visit to Patient Opinion makes harrowing reading, and shows that up until 4 days ago, people are still being served cold, unappetising meals by an organisation that employs hundreds of nutritionists to tell us how to feed ourselves properly.
No one walks into the lobby of their local hospital and searches the walls for the Michelin star count, but surely, good warm wholesome food is not out of the question. This may be an old chestnut, but that is the very reason why it is a disgrace that structural problems on this level still exists.