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Hot, healthy meals for nurses: new standards for NHS staff food

Hospitals in England are to be held to higher standards of catering and food options for staff on day and night shifts, with provision of nutritious food 24/7

Hospitals in England are to be held to higher standards of catering and food options for staff on day and night shifts, with provision of nutritious food 24/7

Nursing is a physically demanding job, so being able to obtain nutritious food and drink while at work is important.

To help ensure this happens, NHS England has published a new set of requirements, the National Standards for Healthcare Food and Drink .

What is the problem?

There have been concerns about the availability of good quality food for healthcare workers for some years.

The RCN runs its own ‘ Rest, Rehydrate, Refuel ’ campaign aimed in part at encouraging the health

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