HC Deb 04 November 1968 vol 772 c451
1. Mr. Peter Mills

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with the standard of meals in hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

The Minister of State, Department of Health and Social Security (Mr. David Ennals):

Catering standards generally have been improved in recent years but I am sure that there is still room for further improvement in some hospitals.

Mr. Mills:

Does the Minister realise that some hospitals are certainly not up to standard? One of the most important things to get a patient healthy and strong again is good wholesome British food. Will the Minister look into this matter and see that this is so?

Mr. Ennals:

I entirely agree with the hon. Gentleman's conclusions. But undoubtedly there have been improvements. Far more hospitals today have a choice of menu. Much more training is being done concerning catering officers. If the hon. Gentleman has any particular point that he wishes to bring to my attention I will look into it.