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NHS staff ‘ashamed’ they can’t serve good food to patients

The authors said it was wrong that mothers who gave birth in the middle of the night, or people who had come out of surgery, could often not have a hot meal or a cup of tea because they had missed dinner times. 

Patients who cannot sleep should also be able to get a hot drink and snacks throughout the night, they recommend.

Prue Leith said it was important to realise that food is medicine, and patients were entitled to “crisp toast for breakfast, a delicious lunch with a friendly word, and a cup of tea willingly served in the middle of the night”. 

However, she warned that technically nutritious, yet unappetising, food is also unhelpful “if it goes in the bin”. 

“Food is not only important to health, but to morale,” she said.

“Hospital mealtimes should be a moment of enjoyment and a pleasure to serve. They should inspire

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