Hospitals: Food

Health written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Dan Byles Dan Byles Conservative, North Warwickshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost is of a meal provided to an in-patient in (a) NHS and (b) foundation trust acute hospitals.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information is not available in the format requested.

In 2010-11, the Department collected data from national health service trusts for the average total daily cost for the provision of all meals and beverages fed to one patient per day. This cost relates to all meals and beverages provided to a patient in a day, not the cost of a single meal. For 2010-11, the average total daily cost across NHS acute hospital trusts was £8.39 and foundation trust acute hospitals was £8.32. The cost is inclusive of all pay and non-pay costs, including provisions, ward issues, disposables, equipment and its maintenance.

The information has been supplied by the NHS and has not been amended centrally. The accuracy and completeness of the information is the responsibility of the provider organisation.

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