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Monday, February 25, 2008

NSW Food Authority seals the dirt on hospital kitchens

What is the same and different, between these reports late last year in the UK papers about the state of hospital kitchens in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and this report in today's Daily Telegraph about the same subject here.

The same: all are based on information obtained under freedom of information laws, and show poor compliance with hygiene standards.

Different: in England, Wales and Northern Ireland the hospitals, including those with good performance were disclosed, while in NSW no hospitals were named. The NSW Food Authority says releasing those details would have an unreasonable adverse effect on the business affairs of the (public) hospitals, and they might be uncooperative in complying with future audits.

Another in a long line of timid responses to applications for this type of information, that puts us way behind best practice elsewhere.

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