Today my official campaign to stop the slop finally got off the ground.
As you all know I’ve been banging on and on and on about NHS food for years – until a few weeks ago, starved and delirious, I finally snapped.
My mission is simple but will need a lot of support.
I want the Welsh Government to look at the food the Welsh NHS feed their patients, investigate and see if it is up to scratch.
Then I want them to give staff the right support and facilities to feed people (including tailoring meals for people with certain conditons and allergies) what they need to help them get better – instead of banging their heads against a brick wall and taking away full plates of food.
I know I will come under fire over this campaign – I am brutally honest about my negative experiences – but if it sparks improvements people can hurl rubbish my way and I will happily duck.
This is not about undermining the hard work of the amazing doctors, nurses and catering staff in the NHS.
I admire them greatly; they’ve saved my life; held my hand; stayed with me when I am frightened and gone above and beyond their jobs to keep me alive and strong over my many years of chronic illness.
They brought me back to life as a baby, and also gave me back my life from the grip of Ulcerative Colitis after so many years – for all of this I will never ever be able to repay them.
I am literally in awe of the NHS and the staff that work for them – but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see improvements.
This campaign I hope will help them to do their jobs more easily and without having to endlessly deal with hungry, angry patients, who are not getting better because they are not eating properly.
My petition has appeared on the Welsh Assembly website and I need you all to sign it (if you want to of course).
Ludicrously I only need to get 10 signatures for it to be considered by the committee – which could mean I could ask get 10 people to agree AMs personally have to give free lollipops to donkeys (and if it is devolved) they would have to talk about it.
Please help me with my campaign, hopefully it can make just a little bit of difference for the greater good. I will not stop banging on about this until something is done – and I know you all would like me to shut up!
In the meantime please share your experiences, pictures of your Welsh hospital food, and anything which might help to build up evidence in this campaign.