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Friday, 31 October 2014

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HAVE YOUR SAY: Talks in Maryport over hospital food change plans

Talks have been held over plans to introduce ready meals at Maryport’s Victoria Cottage Hospital.

Town councillors met last week with Stephen Prince, from the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Tracey Porter, matron of Maryport and Cockermouth cottage hospitals.

Councillors were concerned at moves to close the hospital kitchen and have meals brought in to be heated up.

Maryport cottage hospital was one of four in the county earmarked for ready meals.

The trust recently announced it was putting the plan on hold to find out more about people’s views.

The ready meals have already been introduced in hospitals at Cockermouth and Workington. Maryport and Keswick hospitals were due to get them soon.

Mr Prince said it wouldmake financial savings.

The trust revealed this week that changes to meals at the four cottage hospitals will cost around £100,000 less overall, allowing it to focus resources on clinical care and service development.

Councillors agreed to write to Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham to seek his support in opposing the proposal.

The town council said it was concerned that a reduction in the standard of meals was not justified by the potential savings.

The council will also raise its concerns with Cumbria County Council’s health scrutiny committee.

A trust spokeswoman said there had been an open and honest dialogue.

She said: “The changes are to enable our patients to have consistent and high quality meals that suit their needs.

“We are committed to ensuring that these matters are openly considered and that new catering arrangements are tried and tested by local people in advance.”

She said some hospitals had the arrangements in place and they were working well.

Have your say

Ready meals in my opinion are not "high quality", they are a cheap and unhealthy replacement for freshly prepared cooked food, its as simple as that.

Posted by Andrew on 11 August 2014 at 21:02

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