FINANCE: Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust has refuted suggestions that it spends significantly more on food than other NHS organisations.  

In a statement, it said: “In recent media coverage the trust was highlighted as spending, anywhere in the NHS, the highest amount of money per patient per day on food, with a figure of £19. 

“This data relates to information from 2009 and we are now clear it was incorrectly calculated. Our most recent data shows that the real figure spent per patient per day on food is £8.87, a figure broadly in line with the national average,” it said. 

The trust added that it was “constantly working” to reduce the level of wasted food – currently at 8 per cent – by offering more choice to patients and improving the quality of the food offered.