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New hospital food plans a victory for patients

November 18, 2014 9:30 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have welcomed long overdue measures announced by the Scottish Government today to improve the nutritional value of food in Scotland's hospitals.

The Health Secretary today announced that a consultation will take place on whether nutritional standards should be placed on a statutory footing, that extra funding will be made available to improve food standards and improved standards and inspections will be announced in the new year.

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSPs have previously backed a motion in parliament which called for better food for hospital patients.

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"The SNP are playing catch up on hospital food but this announcement is welcome, if long overdue. We know that there are a number of easy steps that could be taken to ensure that patients at our hospitals are getting healthier meals while they receive treatment.

"Confirmation that we are to get new guidelines is a victory for campaigners and for the patients who have no alternative but to eat hospital food while they receive care. Now we need to see SNP Ministers give NHS boards the resources they need to improve meals and ensure that robust quality checks are in place."