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Campaigners slam ‘diabolical’ standard of hospital food

Campaigners have reacted angrily to new data that found almost half of NHS hospitals are failing to meet government standards for food. Department of Health data showed that 48% of hospitals are not meeting Government Buying Standards that require hospitals to meet basic standards on food quality, nutrition, environmental sustainability and animal welfare, despite well…
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Foodservice failing on hygiene, Guardian analysis suggests

An analysis by the Guardian has shown that more than 500 care providers in the UK, including 19 hospitals and other NHS facilities, have failed food hygiene and food safety inspections. Using data published by the Food Standards Agency the newspaper discovered that more than 200 residential, nursing and care homes received “low grades” at…
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New childhood obesity strategy? Fat chance.

The Childhood Obesity Strategy has been delayed again, this time until after the summer recess. “Work on that [strategy] continues,” said the Prime Minister’s official spokesman in response to a question from the Huffington Post UK. “I think it is more likely to be into the autumn than it is this week, but we will…
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Nutrition must become a mandatory part of catering college syllabuses

NUTRITIONAL EDUCATION must become explicitly embedded in catering colleges’ syllabuses. This was the overall conclusion to a Footprint Intelligence focus group held yesterday at Westminster Kingsway College.                   Diet related illnesses are expected to have cost the NHS 15.8bn in 2015. With one in 6 meals eaten…
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Obese could become the new normal

Almost 700,000 new cases of cancer linked to being overweight or obese could be diagnosed in the UK during the next 20 years, according to a new report. The report, from Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum, predicts that three in four adults will be overweight or obese by 2035, with more people…
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20% tax on sugary drinks essential says health select committee

THE PRESSURE IS on the government to drop opposition to a 20% tax on sugary drinks. A report by a cross party health select committee has concluded a 10-20% tax is an essential part of any national strategy to tackle childhood obesity.   The move is welcomed by campaigners and health groups, such as Jamie…
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A healthier health service       

NHS ENGLAND wants to kick junk food out of hospitals as part of a £5m plan to improve staff wellbeing. But lucrative contracts with the likes of Burger King could be a problem. A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but NHS England is looking to restrict access to the white stuff…
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Childhood obesity ‘closely linked’ to affluence

A CHILD IN reception class in Barking and Dagenham is over two-and-a-half times more likely to be obese than a child of the same age in Richmond upon Thames, only 18 miles down the road. Meanwhile, a five-year old in Leicester is over five times more likely to have tooth decay than a child of…
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NHS tries to dump junk food

CATERING FIRMS will be hauled in front of the NHS England board and told to offer up healthier choices in the country’s hospitals.                   Fast food chains operating on hospital sites, including Burger King, Greggs and Costa Coffee, could also be squeezed out as part of a…
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North Bristol NHS Trust wins award for its sustainable food chain

THIS YEAR'S NHS Sustainability Award for Food went to North Bristol NHS Trust for the commitment they showed to providing local, sustainable food to their patients.                   The trust worked with their wholesalers and the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark team to ensure that their…
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