Food glorious food

Posted: December 9, 2012 in News, Uncategorized

My wife recently spent some time in hospital. A thought occured to Quantitative Sneezing.

Instead of feeding the hospital parking meter each day, why don’t people just pay for their hospital meals. Surely it costs a fortune to feed each patient three meals a day, especially when often the food gets wasted. Instead families or charities could do a bit of cooking if a patient does not want to pay, or meals could be means-tested.

Without this cost, charges could come down elsewhere.

See below some number crunching based on a freedom of information request to the Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust. It spends more money providing meals than it gains from visitor parking. So why not charge for the meals instead?

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However, when asked how much it spends on providing hospital meals, the trust said:

Circa : £1.1 million

Food for thought?

Vote below on what you would rather pay for?

More data is available on parking and meal costs in hospitals across London. Leave a message in the comments box to find out more.

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