Hospital Food in Poor Health

By Sally Fenn


Around half the hospitals in England are failing to meet mandatory standards for patient food that were introduced in April 2015 by the Hospital Food Standards Panel.

A 2017 Department of Health report found that only 54% of hospitals have fully implemented all five food-related standards that NHS hospitals are required to follow.  Only 55% of hospitals are fully compliant with the British Dietetic Association’s toolkit to help hospitals deliver nutritious meals that meet patient requirements.

Nutrition principles on healthier and more sustainable catering are provided to the NHS by Public Health England.  However, these principles focus on food offered to hospital staff and visitors. This is also the only standard that is not monitored nationally.  Read more here.