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bodger

Top marks

To a health authority in the West Country.

There was an interesting piece on the BBC News this morning about a health authority which had taken the decision to source as much of the foods for its patients as locally as they could.
They showed fishcakes being made from Cornish fish and ice cream being served up made from locally grown ingredients.
The gist of the article was that the food was much improved with 90% of all patients giving it the thumbs up, that the local economy was being helped and last but not least there was obviously a massive reduction in the dreaded food miles.

The thing that I found shocking was that the food looked OK but that the hospital catering staff were working on a budget of 2.50p a day to provide three meals. :roll: :roll: :roll:

What do you do , or what do you think we could do to source our own food locally ? Is it something that we should try and emulate if at all possible ?
Justme

Remember thats 2.50 for the ingredients only the bigest cost will be man power. That figure compares well with the amount the army gets (3.20 but for many more calories per person) per day per person. Like most things if you are doing it for small numbers it costs more (If I remember right under 100 & the army got 10% extra & over a few hundread it got 10% less)

Justme

PS the prisons get more per person per day.
bodger

The files in the cakes are bdooly expensive.
Gareth

Justme wrote:
Justme

PS the prisons get more per person per day.


Wrong!
The current daily catering budget for a standard (none special diet) prisoner is 1.38.
Justme

My statment was based on this forums title http://forums.icnorthwest.co.uk/v...s=0&postorder=asc&start=0 . having now read more than the title its the short term police station prisoners that are getting LOADS spent on them.

Justme
Lloyd

Large consumer organisations such as health authorities or prisons achieve this by using long term contracts with big importers who tender for the contract. Food is supplied in bulk quantities in many cases, so may be of any origin worldwide, and in the case of prisons most fresh meat and veg is produced on Prison Estate land, so the nominal cost is only a theoretical one. Maybe the diet isn't organic ethically produced happy food but it is nutritionally based, calorie controlled, and prisoners can supplement the diet with moneyearned in jail which they can spend on extra food of their choice from their prison shop.

The above comments do not relate to the privately contracted out sector, but the good old fashioned HM Prison Service.
Pilsbury

Re: Top marks

bodger wrote:

The thing that I found shocking was that the food looked OK but that the hospital catering staff were working on a budget of 2.50p a day to provide three meals. :roll: :roll: :roll:


yep thats about right, Dont forget there has to be tea and coffee, juice , biscuits to come out of that 2.50 as well, no one should go for more than 10 hours without being offered food or it being available ect ect
Ratman

Mind you if the NHS were to utilise even some of the money they shamelessly fleece from you every time you park in a hospital car park the patients could eat like royalty.

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