click here Two hospitals have calculated that uneaten porridge is costing them £170,000. As a result it has been axed from the menu.
Now forgive my basic mathematics but both hospitals combined appear to have 608 beds. Assuming 100% occupancy at every breakfast and everybody being "Force Fed" porridge for a year that would cost 77p per portion.
Now lets guess "the small number of patients who require it" at 1 in 10. And every one of them sent it back, that puts the cost per portion at a whopping £7.66. I bet the budget for feeding a patient breakfast is nowhere near this amount.
Do these figures stack up or have I missed something?
Chris the Ancient - They must, but most of these are fixed costs and not actually saved by axing porridge from the menu.
Oresome - You forgot about the 2 Management Consultants(One per hospital) that have to weigh it back in every day and report the exact quantity by e-mail to a manager. (Two "specialists" being paid more than frontline nursing staff no doubt!)That would leave at least £50K missing from my equation.
When I was about to leave hospital after a two day spell I was asked on the second morning what I would like for evening meal. I told the nurse I was leaving 12.00 noon and would not be in the hospital for supper. She told me "just order up something anyway to keep everything right." I wonder what happened to my chicken curry and apple crumble?
"So when I explained to the catering assistant that I hadn`t been admitted until one o`clock and hadn`t ordered an evening meal I was pleasantly surprised when she offered me chicken curry and apple crumble ......"