The Government’s Health and Care Bill was recently debated in the House of Lords and Anglia Crown, as strong supporters of the NACC (National Association of Carer Caterers) and the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), were watching proceedings carefully.
Among other things, Lord Hunt, the President of the HCA called for more funding for hospital catering and better training. This was well received by the HCA, whose Chairman, Brian Robb said “We have long campaigned for catering budgets to be ringfenced to save them from cuts when efficiencies are being demanded.”
Baroness Barker, the Patron of the NACC, also joined in the debate, explaining that she had attended the association’s national conference in Nottingham last October where she experienced “one of the most harrowing afternoons that I have spent as they talked about what they (the NACC Members) had gone through as the people who not only supply catering in hospitals, acute hospitals but also in care homes and meals on wheels.”
She was really impressed by the specialist companies which work in this field. “People who produce specialist menus and enable people to order ingredients for complicated menus in complicated settings. These people bring a dignity and focus to something that is overlooked but talk to Dietitians and you will increasingly understand the importance that food plays in the maintenance of health and recovery. Day in, and day out they do a remarkable job.”
Anglia Crown is proud to offer our services to this essential part of the community and our staff have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep our hospital and care home customers well supplied.