Hospitals: Food

Health written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the satisfaction levels with NHS hospital food were in each of the last five years.

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

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?”
  Survey year:
  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Very good (%) 19 21 20 21 20
Good (%) 36 36 35 36 35
Fair (%) 31 30 30 30 30
Poor (%) 15 14 14 13 15
Number of respondents 72,073 68,842 65,527 62,601 66,867

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