Hospitals spending just £3 a day on patients’ meals Hospitals are spending as little as £3 a day on food for patients, despite rising numbers of cases of malnutrition, new figures show.
Data reveals 13 trusts spending less than £5 a day on food, with just £2.61 a day spent by one NHS hospital – little more than the daily spend in prisons.
Labour on Wednesday pledged to introduce new legal minimum standard for hospital food, to ensure patients were better nourished.
Records show the number of patients admitted to hospital suffering from malnutrition has more than doubled since 2009/10, with 8,458 cases where it was the primary or secondary diagnosis in 2016/17. The Daily Telegraph