HOSPITAL bosses in Solihull have defended spending an average of £1.27 on each patient’s meal every day.
Figures released recently by the NHS Information Centre have revealed some trusts spend as little as 86p per meal.
The report shows the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which covers Solihull and Heartlands Hospitals, spend £3.80 per patient per day.
Bosses at the trust told the Solihull News they only offer high quality and locally sourced meals to their patients. Claire Molloy, managing director for Solihull Hospital and community services, said: “All of the food required for our meals are bought locally and are produced in-house from a state-of-the-art catering unit which was opened in 2010 following a £1m upgrade.
“We provide a choice at breakfast and unlike many other hospitals a choice of two hot meals every day with snacks available at all times. This allows us to spend on average £22 per patient per week on food.
“In addition to this, we spend on additional catering supplies for our wards so they can offer patients snacks at any time of the day or night.
“All menus are assessed for their nutrition content. We have over 60 dieticians working across all of our hospitals, including Solihull.”
Trusts including Mid Staffordshire and Dudley spend over £12 per patient meal each day.