UK: Royal recognition for excellence in hospital food
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At a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at Clarence House in December, fourteen hospitals from around the country were congratulated for the excellent work they have done to improve the food in their hospitals, as identified by the Soil Association. The event celebrated the best of British hospital food with several guests from each hospital including chairs or chief executives of the hospitals trusts, catering managers, people who serve food on wards, as well as patient representatives and local farmers who supply the hospitals. The Prince of Wales has long been actively involved in the drive towards better hospital food and has been working with the Soil Association, as their Royal Patron, since 2004.
Many of those attending the event came from hospitals that were featured as success stories in the Soil Association’s 'First aid for hospital food' report released in 2011. Improvements in quality, local food sourcing and other improvements on patients’ food were made without inflating hospital budgets. A significant number of hospitals were found to be already sourcing local, seasonal, organic food, cutting their food miles, boosting their local economies and serving healthier, fresher meals to their patients within tight budgets. In some cases the switch even saved money.
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