Date lodged: 31 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what procurement criteria prospective private contractors must meet when hospitals are outsourcing the provision of their food.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 19 February 2019
The catering service in every Board must comply with National Food Safety Standards and the Food in Hospitals specification (the National Catering and Nutrition Specification for Food and Fluid Provision in Hospitals in Scotland) with regards to the quality of their patient catering service.
These standards are mandatory whether the service is provided in-house or by an external provider. For those services that are provided externally, Boards are responsible for ensuring that the standards and specification form the basis of the quality criteria for the provision of those services.