This Christmas my mother unfortunately spent a few days in hospital. Whilst I absolute applaud the doctors and nurses who looked after her and got her better, I was absolutely appalled by the quality of food she was expected to eat. So bad so, that my sister and I took it in turns to take in home cooked food daily so she didn’t go hungry.
It was therefore a pleasant surprise – and relief – to receive an email earlier this week inviting The Grasslands Trust to support Sustain’s “Stop the Slop: Campaign for Better Hospital Food”.
Stop the Slop represents a coalition of supporting organisations which are calling on the Government to set compulsory ‘good food’ standards for hospital food in England. According to Sustain “every year the Government spends more than £300 million on hospital food in England. We believe this money should be spent on food which is delicious to eat, improves patient health, and is produced in a fair and sustainable way (for instance, taking account of its effect on the environment, animal welfare and fair trade). Years of failed voluntary attempts to improve hospital food have convinced us that ‘good food’ standards are now urgently needed. These standards will:
- Remove unappetising low quality meals from our hospital wards
- Radically improve hospital food ingredients, and
- Create other environmental, social and economic benefits”
The Grasslands Trust will be joining this campaign – I hope you do to. For more information visit Twitter: @stoptheslop.
Lucy Cooper, Chief Executive