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Hospital Catering and Patient Nutrition

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The Auditor General for Wales published his report Hospital Catering and Patient Nutrition in March 2011. He found that hospital catering services in Wales have improved since 2002, but that more needs to be done to improve nutritional care for hospital patients.

 

The Fourth Assembly Public Accounts Committee undertook an inquiry into this issue. That Committee was pleased to see that improvements have been made since hospital catering was last the subject of a performance audit in 2002. That Committee was disappointed that a wide variation in the costs, planning and delivery of catering services across NHS organisations in Wales persists, especially when the importance of good nutrition in supporting patient’ recovery is well accepted by the Welsh Government and reflected in its policy objectives.

 

The Auditor General published a follow-up memorandum in September 2016 which the Committee considered on 19 September 2016. From that discussion, the Committee agreed to undertake a short follow-up inquiry into this area.

 

Example of a menu at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

 

Passage of the inquiry

 

The following table sets out the dates and contents of each of the evidence-gathering sessions during the inquiry.

 

Evidence Session

Date, agenda and Minutes

Transcript

Video

1. Health Boards

Lynda Williams – Director of Nursing, Cwm Taf University Health Board

Anthony Hayward – Assistant Director of Facilities, Cwm Taf University Health Board

Rhiannon Jones – Director of Nursing, Powys Teaching Health Board

Helen Ward - Head of Dietetics, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Colin Phillpott - Facilities Manager, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

17 October 2016

Read transcript of Evidence Session 1

Watch Evidence Session 1 on Senedd TV

2. Welsh Government

Dr Andrew Goodall – Director General/NHS Chief Executive, Welsh Government

Professor Jean White – Chief Nursing Officer, Welsh Government

17 October 2016

Read transcript of Evidence Session 2

Watch Evidence Session 2 on Senedd TV

 

Watch Lee Waters talking about the report’s findings

 

Business type: Other

Status: Complete

First published: 16/08/2016

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