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Five months on an NHS hospital ward could have left me malnourished

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The news that health secretary Matt Hancock has ordered a “root and branch” review of hospital food obviously cannot come soon enough after the deaths of five people following a listeria outbreak.

When I first heard that the deaths were being linked to listeria in pre-packaged sandwiches, my first thought was that I understood why the patients had opted for a sandwich. I spent five months in hospital last year, and sandwiches were often the only edible item on the menu.

While hygiene is obviously a huge issue in hospitals, it’s not the only thing we need to worry about. A recent poll found that even NHS staff don’t want to eat hospital food, and more research shows that patients’ comments range from “pigswill” to “not fit for dogs”. Meals being served with no attention paid to how they taste or their nutritional value does nothing to help patients or staff.

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My stint in hospital........

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