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With around £1,400 per person extra funding under the old (less generous) Barnett Formula, there is no excuse not to provide nutritional meals

Scotland’s NHS has published refreshed & extended nutritional guidelines for hospital food to ensure all patients get the best possible nourishment.  A consultation has also been launched on whether these guidelines should be made legally binding – a move which would be a first for the UK.

Food in Hospitals 2016, published by NHS Health Facilities Scotland, is a revision of previous guidelines from 2008.  It sets out nutrition and catering criteria for patients in hospitals.  It also gives information on how the guidelines can be met, through assessments of the patients’ dietary needs menu planning & practical suggestions on food choices suitable for different dietary needs.

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ScotGov:  Hospital food

We already know to do it and it doesn’t require more money, just Hospital Management priority support

New hospital food standards

Cooking up a treat for the NHS

Scottish Inpatient Experience Survey 2012

New guidance to raise awareness of the importance of good nutritional care

NHS England supports national Nutrition and Hydration Week

Evidence of Major Improvements in Patient Care Across Wales

Older people’s care inspection report

NHS spends more on hospital food but significant variation remains

NHS Confederation comments on CQC's review of privacy, dignity and nutrition ~ Consultation closes on 13 June 2016)

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