Date lodged: 6 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the report by BBC Scotland on 2 March 2017 suggesting that NHS Ayrshire and Arran spends an average of £3.20 on food and drink per patient each day.
Answered by: Shona Robison 16 March 2017
The main focus for Scottish Government is that patients have a right to expect high-quality and nutritious food that meets their specific needs and aids recovery.
NHS Ayrshire and Arran provides patients with high quality and nutritionally balanced meals, based on a wide menu choice. Meals are prepared on site daily, using fresh produce to ensure that good, wholesome meals are provided to their patients. This approach is reflected in the 'Inpatient Experience Survey 2016' results where 81% of patients in NHS Ayrshire and Arran reported that they were happy with the food/meals they received.
To help reduce waste and therefore costs, NHS Ayrshire and Arran ask patients to choose their next meal as close as possible to the meal time, this means that their rate of unserved meals is very low, on average three per cent.
In order to ensure best value, NHS Ayrshire and Arran purchase their food and beverages from national procurement contracts agreed by NHS National Services Scotland (National Procurement), who use the combined buying power of NHS Boards throughout Scotland, to get the best possible deals on supplies and services. By buying through national contracts, NHS Ayrshire and Arran also saves money, to redirect into front line patient care.