Dáil Éireann - Volume 526 - 22 November, 2000

Written Answers. - Hospital Food.

260. Mr. Browne (Carlow-Kilkenny) asked the Minister for Health and Children if he has satisfied himself that the standard of food in public hospitals in Dublin is up to the standard required for post operative patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26823/00]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): I am confident that the overall standard of food in Irish hospitals is satisfactory and that the issue of food standards in public hospitals is taken very seriously by hospital management. Both hospital management and staff exercise extreme vigilance and strive to maintain a high standard of food quality in their hospitals. The major capital devel[1038] opments which have taken place in recent years on the design and re-development of many public hospitals have included modifications to kitchen and catering facilities which have been up-graded to the highest specifications.

Any special nutrition and dietary requirements for post-operative patients are arranged by nutritionists employed in these hospitals, in consultation with medical and nursing staff.