Hospital Found Selling 800 Calorie Heart Attack Pie Loaded With Bacon, Sausage, Black Pudding, Egg and Beans – Next Door To The Cardiac Ward
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Health experts have blasted a hospital canteen --- the folks there are dishing up an 800-calorie 'fry-up pie' to patients. Nicknamed 'a heart attack on a plate' – the meal packs a slice of bacon, a sausage, a black pudding and beans with an egg on top. The meal is being served at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, right next door to the cardiac rehabilitation ward where doctors are battling to save heart attack victims. The NHS trust managing the hospital has been lambasted by healthy-eating campaigners for freely selling the £1.50 pie – which packs a third of a man's daily calorie intake ---- despite expert advice.
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Former government adviser Professor Mike Lean, chair of Human Nutrition at Glasgow University, opined the pie validates that tough guidelines are needed regarding the type of food served to the patients. He said: 'It should be miles away from the hospital. It is loaded with fat, salt, and without a vegetable in sight.' One of the patients receiving care at the hospital added: 'The staff and patients here are obese --- it's frightening to see such kind of food being sold at a place like this.'
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It comes after a patient in Southmead Hospital in Bristol humiliated hospital bosses by holding back a photo diary of the scanty meals he was plated up during his stay. Chef Steven Williams clicked pictures of the crumbs he was served, which included a roast dinner with just one floret of broccoli and a half-plate portion of chilli con carne with rice.
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After experts slammed those meals for having too little nutritional value, others have expressed shock at the high-calorie fry-up pie. Spokesman of National Obesity Forum Tam Fry added, 'It's simply a heart attack on a plate. 'It should be totally mandatory for the NHS to have nutritious food whether served from a take-away shop inside hospitals or on menus. Labour health spokesman Neil Findlay added: ' NHS hospitals should play the front-runner in inspiring people to eat a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet.' A spokesman for NHS Tayside confessed pies are vended at one of their takeaway outlets – however asserted that nutritious food is also dispensed. He said: 'Varied types of meals, snacks and drinks are offered to the public and staff to pick from including healthy breakfast choices like cereals, fresh orange juice, low fat yogurts and fresh fruit.'