Leeds hospital food ‘is a concern’

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The quality of food provided by the city’s hospitals has been rated as a “source of concern” by health officials, the YEP can reveal.

Leeds General Infirmary is falling below the quality threshold as laid out by the Department of Health.

The revelation comes as new figures show spending on hospital food per head is falling across Yorkshire’s hospitals.

While figures show that Leeds health chiefs are spending far more than many of the regional counterparts, the spend is still falling, currently standing at £10.10 per head as compared with £11.71 in 2010.

And in many cases the food figures showed the worrying cost of wasted hospital food.

In the last four years some £871,000 has been spent on food which was left uneaten by patients in North Yorkshire and Leeds hospitals.

Robert Peacock, a board member of Healthwatch North Yorkshire, said the low rankings for Yorkshire hospitals showed there was room for improvement.

He said: “When you look at the NHS choices websites some of the results are disappointing, we can see from these surveys that food could be improved.

“The food is very important to recovery, but it is part of a much bigger issue.”

A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals said: “Over the past four years the quality of the food we provide has been maintained and enhanced but we have managed to reduce expenditure through re-tendering and logistical improvements.

“We undertake regular customer satisfaction surveys about food asking thousands of patients right across our hospitals for their views – overall this shows we provide a good service although we recognise there is always room for improvement.”

The CQC told BMI The Duchy Hospital in Harrogate that it must improve last October.

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