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Hospitals: Food

Health written question – answered on 22nd February 2012.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd Conservative, Hastings and Rye

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost was of providing food per patient per day in (a) the NHS and (b) East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in each year since 2004.

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

The Department collects 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. The cost is inclusive of all pay and non-pay costs, including provisions, ward issues, disposables, equipment and its maintenance.

The data collected for the NHS and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust for each year from 2004-05 to 2010-11 are shown in the following table.

£
  Average cost of feeding one patient per day in England Average cost of feeding one patient per day at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
2004-05 5.32 5.87
2005-06 6.19 5.73
2006-07 6.69 5.90
2007-08 6.97 5.99
2008-09 7.95 6.50
2009-10 8.06 6.60
2010-11 8.58 6.65

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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