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Readers panel: should hospital food have to meet legal standards for quality?

An investigation by Nursing Standard uncovered 471 food-related complaints at 106 NHS trusts in England in 2015-16. Campaigners have called for the introduction of legal standards for the quality of hospital food, and for food and drink to be considered as important as medicine. Nursing Standard readers have their say

An investigation by Nursing Standard uncovered 471 food-related complaints at 106 NHS trusts in England in 2015-16. Campaigners have called for the introduction of legal standards for the quality of hospital food, and for food and drink to be considered as important as medicine. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Rachel Kent is a mental health nurse in London

Yes. Patients who are sick and recovering need food of a good standard and quality, otherwise much of our hard work is undone. Long-term inpatient wards would benefit from on-site kitchens and staff, allowing patients to be included in food preparation where appropriate. Wards with faster patient turnover could use pre-made meals, as long as more is done to ensure they are high quality. If patients

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