Dunedin hospital food passes the Coleman Taste Test


Jonathan Coleman went to Dunedin Hospital yesterday to taste the food that Andrew Little described as “slops” in parliament.

Frankly I am appalled that Andrew Little denigrated hard working, probably unionised, hospital catering staff without testing the food himself.

Jonathan Coleman did though…and he said it was yummy.

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has praised the ”standard Kiwi fare” he sampled at Dunedin Hospital today, and says there is ”nothing wrong” with the meals.

Dr Coleman took part in the taste test today due to pressure over the meals in recent days because of publicity about meals.

He ate bolognese and pasta, a sandwich, and soup, and enjoyed them all.

Dr Coleman suggested people needed to adjust their expectations about what to expect when they are in hospital.  

Fellow National MP Michael Woodhouse tweeted a picture of Dr Coleman “tucking into” the meal.

Mr Coleman told Newstalk while cost-cutting and economies of scale have been implemented in creating a national food delivery service, the food served to patients is just as good as ever despite complaints from patients to the contrary.

He says the food is straight, simple, “Kiwi fare” and has rated the experience.

“Ten out of ten. Absolutely nothing wrong with it. It was very tasty. I was going in there for a test, I ate the whole meal. I’ve just text my wife at home saying I won’t need tea tonight. It was very very good”.

He said he ate a tasty nutritious meal of pea and ham soup and pasta bolognese, chosen off the same menu patients were eating from.

That will teach Andrew Little for running off to parliament on the word of a Dunedin whinger and a photo. It all smacks of Andrew little’s own snapper moment.

I wonder if Compass food workers are happy that the former union boss slagged their efforts off in parliament.


– NZ Herald

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