Almost half of NHS trusts are delivering good standards of food to patients, according to National Patient Safety Agency figures.
Trusts scored ‘acceptable’ or above in 99.5% of cases for hospital food and in 98% of cases for the patient environment, including cleanliness.
However, the patient environment action team (PEAT) data for 2007 also showed there had been only a marginal improvement in ward cleanliness, with little over 14% of trusts being rated as excellent.
Health secretary Alan Johnson said: ‘I am pleased to say that hospitals have made progress. This year’s PEAT inspection results show only a handful of hospitals rated “poor” or “unacceptable” for the patient environment.
‘This is good progress, but every hospital in England should aspire to the level of the best. Excellent standards are what patients and staff want and should expect from our NHS,’ he added.