‘It looked like sick, and tasted like it too’ said one patient. Another described her meal as ‘awful tasting and looked like dog food.’
These are just 2 examples taken from a recent article in the Daily Mail about hospital food. I’ve also seen some recent pictures of hospital food that a friend of mine posted on Facebook and it makes me ask…
How the f*** can we expect people to be well when this is what hospitals call food?
The NHS website says patients can expect “nutritious, tasty, appetising food and drink – this is an essential part of your personal package of care”. So what is going wrong?
Government figures from 2012 show the average amount spent on food per patient per day is £8.77; yet a media article from October 2014 revealed how some patients recuperating from major operations were served food costing as little as 89p.
Even based on the official government figures, food accounts for less than half a per cent of the NHS budget – in other words for every £2 the NHS spends, less then 1p is on feeding patients.
It is also important to note that studies have shown that there is no direct link between quality and cost when it comes to hospital food.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine and who the Hippocratic Oath (taken by doctors) is named after, famously said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
I wish for a day when modern medicine returns to this philosophy and starts taking nutrition seriously.
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