§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of hospital trusts which have in place a system of quality control for 277W hospital food; and what advice his Department has given to trusts on the introduction of such quality control systems. [888661
§ Mr. Denham
The information requested is not available centrally.
Guidance on delivering a quality catering service and improving nutrition standards has been issued to the National Health Service in recent years to ensure that food and eating are seen as an important part of patient care. All NHS trusts have been asked to adopt a recommended framework for auditing and monitoring performance to ensure consistent standards.