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Welsh paper unveils NHS food wastage cost

Published on 17/08/2009
Up to £1 million a year is being wasted in Wales by hospitals throwing away food.

A Freedom of Information request by Wales' Western Mail found that one in ten meals served in Welsh NHS hospitals is binned.

Conservative chairman of the country's National Assembly audit committee, Jonathan Morgan, said that the money wasted was something the NHS "cannot afford".

"Hospitals must ensure effective monitoring systems are in place so that food is provided to the right patients at the right time as they recover from treatment," he said.

Mr Morgan did add that there would inevitably be "some food wastage".

Cwn Taf NHS Trust, which serves the Valleys and Merthyr Tydfil area, was among the highest waster, with up to £500,000 worth of food thrown away every year.

An NHS initiative known as the Better Hospital Food programme had developed 300 recipes for chefs to create in healthcare facilities, including seasonal dishes which make the most out of locally grown produce.
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