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Can the NHS go from Hell’s Kitchen to MasterChef?


I recently had surgery in the Netherlands. After the operation (and being fasted from the day before), my main evening meal and the last meal of the day (served at 4.45 pm with no choice of menu or deviation in timing) was three slices of bread, two thin slices of cheese, and one thin slice of something which resembled ham, served with one pat of butter and a pot of tea. On checking with the staff and other patients I was informed that this was the regular evening meal - day in day out - at the hospital I was being treated in (and paying for via my private health insurance contributions). believe me, things are really not so bad in the NHS - or so wonderful elsewhere that I would choose anything better. Yes, the quality leaves something to be desired at times, but it is generally warm, the patient gets at least a nominal choice, and generally feel that someone has made an effort. Not so in my case. Nutritional standards should of course be improved - nutrition is therapy, but part of the problem is the fact that so little is spent on food for patients and this is the root source of the problem.

Posted date

16 October, 2010

Posted time

12:00 pm