Date lodged: 4 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its assessment is of the reported difference between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's average spend of £76 on hospital food per patient per week and NHS Lothian’s average spend of £102.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 15 January 2018
The Scottish Government has led the rest of the UK by setting a minimum standard of hospital food, and we expect our NHS boards to meet those standards. We are committed to spending the right amount on meals for NHS patients, and any fluctuations in the cost of providing a meal to a patient does not mean one health board is providing lower quality food than another. Some boards may show a lower level of spending than others, which can be due to a number of factors including lower-cost ingredients of locally sourced products, economies of scale and other efficiency savings.