OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 28, 2014) - Good nutrition and patient convalescent care are linked. Yet each day thousands of hospital patients' meals are left uneaten and wind up in the trash.
In the United Kingdom, where over 82,000 patient meals a day are wasted, Alex Jackson, with a group called Sustain, is trying to change the kind of food patients in the UK are served.
Jackson will be in Ottawa for a media conference tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Montgomery Branch 351, 330 Kent St, Ottawa. He'll share the experiences of Sustain's The Campaign for Better Hospital Food, which aims to get the UK government to introduce mandatory nutritional, environmental and ethical standards for food served to patients in hospitals in England.
Ontario hospitals, nursing homes, schools and universities should be serving locally grown food that's cooked in-house. "More and more, they're not," says Louis Rodrigues, a former hospital chef and regional vice-president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). Rodrigues led a local hospital food campaign in Kingston to keep patient meals in-house at the Kingston General Hospital (KGH). Ultimately the hospital contracted out patient food to a multi-national factory food operation west of Toronto. Prepared food is now trucked down Hwy. 401 to the Kingston hospital.
"The problem is that provincial policies encourage the contracting out of food and dietary programs to factory food operations when patients would benefit most from nutritious fresh local food, cooked in the hospital kitchen," says Rodrigues.
More information on The Campaign for Better Hospital Food is available at www.sustainweb.org/hospitalfood/.