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Last Updated: Friday, 19 September, 2003, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
New standards for hospital food
The minister wants improvements in food
New standards for hospital food across Scotland have been unveiled by the deputy health minister.

Tom McCabe said that for the first time national standards were being applied in the delivery of food and drinks in NHS Scotland.

The standards set goals for all hospitals and the minister promised that they would lead to improvements.

He said: "The effective delivery of meals and drinks along with the provision of high-quality care is crucial for the well-being of patients in all hospitals.

"That is why we gave a commitment to improve the quality of nutritional care provided in hospitals across Scotland."

Mr McCabe said the setting out of standards would be followed by the issuing of guidelines and action to be taken by health boards.

The nine standards include a requirement for patients to have their height and weight and food and drink preferences recorded within one day of admission.

Hospitals must put formal structures in place for planning and providing meals which must be delivered to wards without delay.

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