Hospital bosses 'happy' to spend more than average on patient food

PUBLISHED: 08:58 23 October 2012 | UPDATED: 11:03 24 October 2012

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HOSPITAL bosses are forking out more than the national average on food for patients.

The East and North Herts NHS Trust which is in charge of both the QEII Hospital, in WGC, and Stevenage’s Lister Hospital spends £10.08 per patient on food every day – the national average is £8.77.

A spokesman for the trust said: “Obviously we try our best to make sure patients get healthy nutritious food, if we are over the average we’re happy about it.

“It’s a highly important part of any patients day and not it’s important not to just get good options for food but getting help to eat it.”

In comparison nearby Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, spends £8.60 per patient with the lowest nationally a miserly £2.19 at Newham General Hospital.

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