March 18, 2009

Behold The Glories Of Socialized Medicine

British Hospitals throw away this much food?

Preston and Chorley's hospitals throw away 150 meals EVERY DAY – worth nearly £42,000 in the last year.New figures published in Parliament show a vast food mountain ends up wasted year, either because patients' refuse to eat the food or the meals were never served.

Patients at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust, which runs both hospitals, requested 988,998 meals in 2007/08. However, 54,980 meals were recorded as either untouched or never served.

According to a hospitals spokesman this equates to £115 a day, or nearly £42,000 a year.

Meanwhile, separate figures released by the NHS Information Centre found that, during the same year, 22 patients were discharged from either Royal Preston or Chorley and South Ribble hospitals suffering from malnutrition.

An additional 2,298 were discharged with nutritional anaemia and 178 left with other nutritional deficiencies.

Ribble Valley Conservative MP Nigel Evans today demanded that the hospital trust's bosses address the issue.

He said: "Relatives will be concerned that food is put before their relatives and then not eaten, for whatever reason."

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