Salford Royal wants to close down its kitchen and get rid of the chefs that prepare food for patients freshly every day. They plan to bring in a company to provide chilled or even frozen food from elsewhere. The hospital says it needs to spend money to upgrade the kitchen but with so-called 'cook-chill' food costing more in other Greater Manchester hospitals it's clear that the refurbishment would pay for itself - without ready meals being inflicted on patients. And ready meals are less popular than freshly cooked food according to patient surveys.
Good nutrition is vital for recovery - with a fully working kitchen onsite the Royal can respond to its patients' needs. But once the kitchen is closed down it could be gone for good.
Keep the Royal cooking!
There was an excellent public meeting about the campaign on Thursday 7 April. We were grateful to Rebecca Long-Bailey MP and Mayoral candidate Paul Dennett for speaking at the meeting and lending their support to the campaign. You can read Paula Barker's blog about the campaign and the meeting here.
A high number of episodes of malnutrition has recently been reported amongst people admitted to Salford Royal. Read more here.
To read about this story in the Manchester Evening News, click here.
The Trust Board are meeting on Monday 25 April and they will be discussing the plans for patient catering. We have written to the Board to ask them to take urgent action to halt the privatisation process. You can read the letter here.
On Monday 27 June, campaigners lobbied the Trust Board meeting and submitted the petition. We are waiting on the outcome of the Trust Board's deliberations... You can read about the lobby here.