I'm issuing a challenge to the NSW Health Minister. The food I saw being served to my brother-in-law in hospital was truly shocking -- so can the Minister of Health live off hospital food being served in her own public hospitals?
My brother-in-law Paul is suffering from small cell lung cancer. The diagnosis has devastated Paul, his partner, our whole family. We're all doing everything we can do care for him. Everything. So why is the hospital giving him food that is not nutritious, unappetizing, and actually hindering his progress?
"I was given food which not only tasted repulsive but made me feel sicker than I already was, every day was offered pre-packaged processed desserts, custards, Arnotts biscuits, white bread and instant potato which made me constipated."
The food in our hospitals is severely lacking in basic nutrition. It's highly processed and contains artificial chemicals, preservatives and additives as well as inflammatory refined sugars and refined salt. Something needs to be done so Paul and other patients' recovery isn't ever impeded like this.
I'm challenging the NSW Minister of Health Jillian Skinner live off hospital food for 4 days-- the average length of hospital stay in NSW. Find out first-hand what patients are presented with, show us you understand the importance of giving patients nutritious, healthy food.
If there is anyone in our society who should know the importance of good food and nutrition it is those in charge of our health service. The failure to provide nutritious, appetizing, unprocessed food in NSW Public Hospitals is indefensible and will cost the government more in the long run.
It is my hope that the outcome of the challenge would be that a review is conducted on the current NSW public hospital food policy.
An immediate review of public hospital food policy
New mandatory standards for nutritional content
A 20% reduction in the use of processed and packaged foods
A 20% increase in the use of fresh fruit and vegetables
One meal per day to be fresh and unprocessed
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