Only half of patients at Mid Yorkshire hospitals consider the food to be ‘good’, despite hospital staff rating the meals ‘excellent’.
Research also shows that the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust spent £11.05 a day on each patient’s food last year, and that five per cent of meals were wasted before they even reached the patient.
The Campaign for Better Hospital Food (CBHF) unveiled the figures this week, claiming that hospitals “hide” patients’ dissatisfaction with food by awarding high ratings.
Yvette Cooper, MP for Pontefract and Castleford, said: “When people are ill, they need good quality food. Mid Yorkshire Trust need to take a good look at the meals’ programme in the light of this report and make sure it’s up to scratch.”
Iain Brodie, the trust’s head of facilities, said the trust was “striving to improve.”