Health minister Andy Burnham has told hospitals to focus on food and cleaning if they want to win good reviews from patients.

Health minister Andy Burnham has told hospitals to focus on food and cleaning if they want to win good reviews from patients.

Speaking as the National Patient Safety Agency published its annual patient environment action teams data on hospital cleanliness and food standards, Mr Burnham said the NHS should factor further improvements into their capital plans.

'How many patients' initial views of hospital and treatments have been set by their first encounter with a toilet in need of a good clean?' he told trusts.

The latest NPSA report shows 5 per cent of hospitals continue to have 'poor' or 'unacceptable' hospital environments, although more hospitals were rated 'good' and 'excellent' this year than last.

No hospitals were rated 'poor' or 'unacceptable' for either food or patients' privacy and dignity.