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e-Petition: Food in Welsh Hospitals

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We the undersigned call on the Welsh Government to examine the standards of food in hospitals in Wales. Each health board's provision must be investigated to ensure it is fit for purpose for patients, those with dietary needs and medical conditions, and impose standards across the whole of the Welsh NHS. Hospital food should be nutritious, fresh and be a major part of a patient's care package and road to recovery – not make things worse. Dietary needs must be catered for – such as gluten free, lactose intolerant, Celiac, vegetarian and vegan – experience shows this is not currently the case and patients are often made to feel awkward. Food tailored for medical conditions – including those who suffer from bowel conditions or have had surgery – must be standardised, to ensure patients are getting the right nutrition at all times. Currently patients on some wards are being fed all the same food regardless of their conditions, weight and dietary needs – this is not acceptable and can be upsetting and potentially damaging. Hospitals should not rely on relatives to bring in food, eat the same bland meal every day, or allow patients to waste away if they can't have any of the food on offer. Nutrition must be a key part of every patient's care package. We are not asking for Michelin Star quality, just meals that help rather than hinder.

My experiences of food in the NHS have shown that the standards vary across wards, hospitals and departments, as well as between England and Wales. The problem is not in Wales alone - as I find providing meals for those on low res or with dietary conditions is something the NHS as a whole struggles to deal with. But my experience in Wales recently showed that the standards are not up to scratch. There were no menus (as in Chester and other English hospitals) and patients were all fed the same regardless of their condition, weight or dietary needs. On one ward people who had just had bowel surgery were offered curry, lentil soup and tuna sweetcorn sandwiches which was totally inappropriate - and potentially damaging. At times the situation was that if you couldn't eat anything on the trolley or were not at your bed, you simply didn't eat, unless a nurse made some toast. This has to change; without the right nutrition I believe people are in hospital longer.

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Petition details

Petition Status: Closed by the Committee
Petition Start Date: 17/11/2015
Open until midday on: 04/12/2015


Petition Signatories

Total signatures: 40

Name Constituency or Area of residence Date
Emma Jones Vale of Clwyd 04/12/2015
Hilary Hall Aberconwy 04/12/2015
Amy cooke Bolton 03/12/2015
Jessica Rowley Delyn 03/12/2015
Carys Jones Preseli Pembrokeshire 03/12/2015
Nathan Jones Alyn and Deeside 03/12/2015
Anonymous Arfon 03/12/2015
Jane poyner West Midlands 03/12/2015
Albert Osmond Neath 02/12/2015
Samantha Harding Torfaen 01/12/2015
Ian Jackson Northampton 01/12/2015
Anonymous Portsmouth 01/12/2015
Julian Barker-Fisher Lancashire 29/11/2015
Amanda Roberts Clwyd West 23/11/2015
Anonymous Clwyd West 21/11/2015
Anne-Marie barlow England 21/11/2015
Andrea Kraaijeveld Clwyd West 19/11/2015
Tomd5000 Midlands 19/11/2015
Vegan Future Ireland 18/11/2015
Douglas Carl Difford Newport West 18/11/2015
Catherine Flint Newcastle 18/11/2015
Ally Wilson Delyn 18/11/2015
Lee winters-jones Clwyd West 18/11/2015
Paul Luckock Clwyd West 18/11/2015
Rachael Day Tidworth 18/11/2015

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