Experts from Bournemouth University have claimed that the food
available in prisons in the country is better than that offered in NHS
Lead author Professor John Edwards said that some 40% of patients
who came to hospitals were already malnourished and that the food in
the hospitals did not help as it was of poor nutritional quality.
diet was extremely good in terms of nutritional content, he added.
""There's a focus on carbohydrates. Then there's the way they prepare
the food; it's very healthy. They don't add salt and there's relatively
little frying of food - if you have a burger then it goes in the oven."
researcher Dr Heather Hartwell said that although fruit and vegetables
were available in hospitals, it did not mean that patients actually
consumed them. "Hospital cutbacks are also seen in areas like catering
budgets, rather that elsewhere," Dr Harwell said. "Hospital food
services also need to be less fragmented and more joined up."
A Department of Health spokesman said they were satisfied with the
food available in the NHS hospitals, "The majority of patients are
satisfied with the food they receive in
hospitals, and we are working to improve services further."