The Care Quality Commission's (CQC) national NHS patient survey programme asks patients who have recently used their local health services about their experiences. The CQC's annual survey of adult in-patients asks patients to rate the hospital food and the results for the last five years are set out in the following table.
Individual hospital trusts are encouraged to undertake their own patient experience surveys, which can include asking patients for their views on hospital food, to drive improvements in the quality of the services they deliver.
|CQC in-patient survey question: “How would you rate the hospital food?”|
|Very good (%)||19||21||20||21||20|
|Number of respondents||72,073||68,842||65,527||62,601||66,867|