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Prince of Wales celebrates landmark moment for hospital food

The Prince of Wales recently hosted a reception to celebrate the movements of hospital food in England.

In the newly published CQUINs guidelines, it was highlighted that hospitals should be providing good and nutritious food for patients. NHS commissioners and hospitals will now be encouraged to ensure their food meets standards such as the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark.

“The introduction of a national quality incentive for hospitals to provide good food, sends a message that proper nutrition in hospitals cannot be separated from the provision of good biomedical care,” says Dr Michael Dixon, President of the NHS Clinical Commissioners.

The reception took place at Clarence House and was co-hosted by the Soil Association and Department of Health. The Prince of Wales – who is patron of the Soil Association – was given the opportunity to hear about the good work already being done in hospitals across the NHS.

The Prince of Wales also spoke about the importance of good quality hospital food and his commitment to supporting these changes.

The inclusion of hospital food in these new incentive payments for NHS trusts is a milestone for the NHS. The Hospital Food Exemplar CQUIN, initially announced in December 2013, is a new opportunity for hospitals to be rewarded for meeting recommended food standards.