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Hospitals: Food

Health written question – answered on 6th March 2012.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd Conservative, Hastings and Rye

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2012, Official Report, column 805W, on hospital food, what the average cost was of providing food per patient per day in each of the Strategic Health Authority areas in England 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 are shown in the tables. Table 1 provides data for the years 2004-05 and 2005-06 for each of the 28 strategic health authorities that were in existence during that time. Table 2 provides data from 2006-07 onwards for each of the 10 strategic health authorities that were established in 2006-07 following a re-organisation.

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.

Table 1: Average cost of feeding one patient per day for 2004-05 and 2005-06 at 28 strategic health authorities
£
Strategic health authority 2004-05 2005-06
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire 6.73 6.86
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire 4.26 4.64
Birmingham and the Black Country 4.95 5.10
Cheshire and Merseyside 5.20 5.33
County Durham and Tees Valley 6.70 6.37
Cumbria and Lancashire 7.64 9.19
Dorset and Somerset 5.30 6.20
Essex 4.63 4.85
Greater Manchester 4.70 7.22
Hampshire and Isle of Wight 6.63 5.99
Kent and Medway 4.73 7.15
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, and Rutland 7.47 9.88
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire 3.02 8.49
North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire 3.39 7.04
North Central London 4.56 6.16
North East London 4.18 4.47
North West London 6.00 8.09
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear 3.51 5.58
Shropshire and Staffordshire 7.92 8.33
South East London 5.20 5.36
South West London 6.18 6.77
South West Peninsula 5.86 6.59
South Yorkshire 3.37 5.50
Surrey and Sussex 5.94 5.66
Thames Valley 5.22 4.78
Trent 4.68 6.07
West Midlands South 5.20 7.61
West Yorkshire 6.50 6.86
Table 2: Average cost of feeding one patient per day. for 2006-07 and 2010-11 at 10 strategic health authorities
£
Strategic health authority 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
East Midlands 7.20 6.85 8.62 8.61 9.55
East of England 6.13 6.34 8.04 7.50 8.03
London 5.87 6.03 7.76 7.56 7.55
North East 7.52 6.22 7.62 6.68 8.98
North West. 7.05 7.52 8.09 8.80 8.90
South Central 6.34 7.32 7.66 7.99 8.76
South East Coast 6.02 6.44 8.32 8.55 8.66
South West 6.83 7.17 8.44 8.50 9.26
West Midlands 6.93 7.44 8.04 8.33 8.64
Yorkshire and the Humber 5.71 5.73 6.90 7.67 8.81

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