Horse meat scandal prompts NHS assurances

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, February 14, 2013


THE NHS on the Isle of Wight has issued assurances about its catering following the national horse meat scandal.

Jo Sheppard, Catering Services Manager at St. Mary’s Hospital, part of Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said: "Unlike many hospitals who contract out their catering or run a 'cook chill’ operation where meals are reheated on site, here at St. Mary’s we have kept our catering services 'in house.' 

"We try, whenever possible, to keep services local.

"We try to obtain as much fresh local Island produce as possible and cook all our main meals for patients, visitors and staff in our kitchens at St. Mary’s.

"All of our meat is supplied fresh from an Island butcher and is sourced locally. 

"All meals produced for patients, visitors and staff are prepared on site using fresh meat only."

The trust has encouraged Islanders concerned about health services are encouraged to join the NHS Trust as Members.

Membership is free and members can have a greater say in how services are run. 

For information on how to join, visit, e-mail or call 01983-822099 ext 5703.


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by Mr Elliott

15th February 2013, at 00:52:23

What next...Soylent Sausages.

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by Dave Coombs

14th February 2013, at 22:31:12

I feel like I've been taken for a ride.

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by david walker

14th February 2013, at 19:36:23

mmmmmm cat!

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by Martin Heath

14th February 2013, at 19:34:22

Having had to subsist on hospital food on several occasions, I can guarantee that they don't serve anything resembling a nutritional meal such as horse meat. Although after four days of being systematically starved by the abysmal catering at St Marys a passing stray cat looked particularly tasty.

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by David Blackford

14th February 2013, at 15:08:25

Like the Americans say when describing something unpleasant.
It's a horses ****

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by Vernon Hines

14th February 2013, at 14:48:27

In the seventies it was not at all unusual, during what is known in France as 'saison de cheval' ie May-Jun, for exotic horse-meat products to be imported to the UK. This is a tradition that has all but died out in our politically correct times but I remember having my tonsils out at St Mary's in 1973 and being fed with a horse burger and feeling as if I was in the lap of luxury! As a footnote Mr Mighella's Ice Cream was also on the menu at the time...the hospital was more like a country club!

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by Mike Crowe

14th February 2013, at 14:04:54

and cats taste like rabbit

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by david walker

14th February 2013, at 12:17:17

horse is a very tasty and healthier meat than cow, pig, baby lamb etc its meat, grow up.And apparrently people taste exactly the same as pig.

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by T Rollingsworth

14th February 2013, at 11:26:49

Hay, Horses are obviously very tasty animals if nobody has realised till now! Let the neigh-sayers moan, it's clear that Horse can be enjoyable as part of a stable diet.

I'm waiting for Havenstreet to be converted into a Niche cafe where you can ride your favorite horse then eat it afterwards.

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by augustus miller

14th February 2013, at 11:05:11

i'm all for local produce but is that why the number of new forest ponies has dwindled in recent years ?

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