2 Sep, 14 | by BMJ
At last, with health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s announcement of new measures being introduced to improve the standard of food in English hospitals, we may finally see better quality food in our hospitals.
These changes will see hospitals ranked according to the quality and choice of the food they serve. They will hopefully provide some sanity, and not before time, because I was beginning to think I was going mad.
We read every week, in The BMJ and other leading medical journals, of research detailing the perils of sugar and fizzy drinks. We frequently hear laments about the cost to the NHS of the epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes, which is threatening to engulf us. And yet, the NHS, which I understood to be an organisation that promotes and supports health (rather than just treating disease), is actually contributing to the problem. more…