Be careful when comparing prison and hospital food, says industry expert

03/09/2009 - 00:00
Jo Webber, deputy policy director at the NHS confederation, has responded to the recent research from the University of Bournemouth comparing hospital food with prison food, explaining that people should be careful when making comparisons between two completely different types of organisation.

"Eating properly is one of the key parts to successful recovery and the NHS Confederation argued that proper nutrition should be one of the enforceable standards of the new healthcare regulator the care quality commission. "According to the last national patients' survey, most people are satisfied with the food they receive in hospital. It also said that more people were getting help eating their meals when they needed it. "We recognise that more needs to be done to improve nutrition so all hospitals meet the standards of the best although we urge caution in making superficial comparisons between two completely different types of institution."

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