UK hospitals' voluntary food regulations waste millions

Push for mandatory regulations gains steam.

Feb. 22—Voluntary implementation of food standards in UK hospitals have failed, wasting £54 million, accoring to a new report.

The report, by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, states that since 1992, governments have introduced 21 "failed" voluntary initiatives. The initiatives have often used celebrity chefs but have been described as "gimmicks".

They have failed because they relied on hospitals to voluntarily adopt their recommendations, the report concluded. Presenter Loyd Grossman, who has previously advised the Government on hospital food standards, backed the campaign, saying that ministers should stop using voluntary initiatives.