CQC report highlights 'white bias' on hospital food

The CQC annual report was published on the 15th October
15/10/2015 - 10:18
White people rate hospital food significantly higher than all other ethnic groups, according to the latest report from the Care Quality Commission.

The report suggests that poor communication with people whose first language is not English, or a smaller range of choice available if people have specific dietary requirements related to religion or culture, could explain the difference in rating.

The CQC’s ‘State of health care and adult social care in England 2014/15’ report was published today (15th October) also found that four out of five children ‘liked’ or ‘sort of liked’ the food in hospitals.

Safety across the NHS and care sectors is the ‘greatest concern’ for the CQC. The report found three quarters of hospitals visited by the body were found to have safety problems, along with 40% of adult social care facilities.

The CQC’s mid-term report revealed that 5,439 organisations were inspected in 14 months; 47% of hospitals inspected, 17% of social care services and 11% of GP services.

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