UNISON PETITION - NO TO COOK CHILL IN OXFORDSHIRE’S COMMUNITY HOSPITALS

We the undersigned note that Oxford Health Foundation trust wishes to introduce cook chill food to replace freshly cooked food for patients in Oxfordshire’s community hospitals.

The jobs of the lowest paid staff within the NHS are at risk. We also note with concern that the Trust has decided not to consult the public about these changes to provision.

We recognise that Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is strapped for cash following year on year coalition government cuts to NHS budgets but we believe ending freshly cooked food for patients is a retrograde step.

We understand that most patients are not satisfied with cook chill food and believe that over time the quality of the provision will decline in order that the private companies providing the food can maximise their profits.

We request that Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust listens to the depth of feeling on this subject and reconsider its proposals.

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