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NCHA responds to food report

29th December 2005

Care providers are doing the best they can to ensure that elderly people in their care are receiving nutritious and balanced food, according to the chairman of the NCHA.

Despite concerns that some older people should be receiving higher standards of meals from carers, Nadra Ahmed believes that providers are doing a good job with the money they have.

Ms Ahmed said that the findings of the report were important and would be used to ensure that consistent levels of care were provided across the UK, but needed to be taken with some perspective as previous research indicated that standards were high.

"One of the things I would say is that these reports are being carried out by the inspection unit CSCI and some of it is extremely subjective," she told BBC Radio Five Live's Breakfast programme.

"Along with staffing, food is one of our major costs, and the vast majority of providers, good providers have just gone through the festive season and the amount of time and effort that is put in to ensure that people enjoy something that's that basic food and drink requirement; it’s phenomenal."

Ms Ahmed explained that having a more open system would increase trust, suggesting that anyone should be allowed to see the menus for the home, and said that the NCHA would be looking at ways to ensure adequate meals were provided.

"It's great to actually raise the issue about nutrition anyway because it is such an important part of what we do," she added.