So much for healthy eating! Hospital sells 800-calorie ‘heart attack pie’ stuffed with bacon, sausage, black pudding, egg and beans – next to the cardiac ward

August 26, 2014 1:07 pm 0 comments Views: 588
  • Meal – sold in Dundee – is a third of a man’s recommended calorie intake
  • Healthy eating experts say it should be ‘nowhere near a hospital’
  • NHS bosses ignore calls for ban, insisting other meals are available
  • Comes after patient in another hospital photographed meagre meals                                                                                                                     

    Health experts have slammed a hospital canteen for selling an 800-calorie ‘fry-up pie’ to patients.

    The meal – dubbed ‘a heart attack on a plate’ – includes a slice of bacon, a sausage, a black pudding and beans with an egg on top.

    It is being sold at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, just around the corner from the cardiac rehabilitation ward where doctors are fighting to save heart attack victims.

    Defence: Bosses at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee backed the selling of the snack alongside other alternatives

    Defence: Bosses at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee backed the selling of the snack alongside other alternatives

    The NHS trust in charge of the hospital has been blasted by healthy-eating campaigners for continuing to sell the £1.50 pie – which contains a third of a man’s daily calorie intake – despite expert advice.

    Former government adviser Professor Mike Lean, chair of Human Nutrition at Glasgow University, said the pie was proof that stricter guidelines are needed on what food should be sold to patients.

    He said: ‘It should never be anywhere near a hospital. It is laden with fat, salt and without a vegetable in sight.’

    One of those being cared for at the hospital added: ‘There are so many huge and obese staff and patients here, it’s the last place that should be selling something like this.

    It comes after a patient in Southmead Hospital in Bristol shamed hospital bosses by keeping a photo diary of the meagre meals he was served during his stay.

    Chef Steven Williams photographed the tiny portions he was given, which included a roast dinner with just one floret of broccoli and a half-plate portion of chilli con carne with rice.

    Alternative: It comes after a patient at another hospital posted photos of the small meals he was given

    Alternative: It comes after a patient at another hospital posted photos of the small meals he was given

    After experts criticised those meals for having insufficient nutritional value, others have expressed dismay at the calorie-overload of the fry-up pie.

    National Obesity Forum spokesman Tam Fry said: ‘What we have here is a heart attack on a plate.

    ‘It should be absolutely obligatory for the NHS to have wholesome food whether it is from a take-away shop within hospitals or on menus.

    ‘The NHS is creaking under the weight of the nation’s obesity problem.’

    Labour health spokesman Neil Findlay added: ‘NHS hospitals should be leading the way in encouraging people to eat a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet.’

    A spokesman for NHS Tayside admitted the pies are on sale at one of their takeaway outlets – but insisted that healthy food is also available.

    He said: ‘There are a wide range of meals, snacks and drinks available for the public and staff to choose from including healthy breakfast options such as cereals, fresh orange juice, low fat yogurts and fresh fruit.

    ‘These are provided by NHS Tayside dining rooms as well as third-party providers on the concourse of the hospital.’

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    Steven Williams was given this tiny roast dinner with just one floret of broccoli, two potatoes, two pieces of cauliflower and fatty beef at Southmead Hospital in Bristol

    Steven Williams was given this tiny roast dinner with just one floret of broccoli, two potatoes, two pieces of cauliflower and fatty beef at Southmead Hospital in Bristol

    When the patient asked for a different topping on a baked potato, he was given this small cheese sandwich

    When the patient asked for a different topping on a baked potato, he was given this small cheese sandwich

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