Date lodged: 13 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to patient concerns regarding the quality of patients' meals in hospitals.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 26 March 2019
Scotland has led the UK by setting a minimum standard for hospital food. 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, first published in 2008) with regards to the quality of their patient catering service.
All NHS boards are required to meet and monitor performance against these standards – which includes seeking and taking in to account patient feedback. Additionally, from this April, all NHS boards will be required to set out the steps they are taking to achieve compliance with these food standards, by providing documented evidence to support their views.