For many, hospital food has long been derided.
In a report published in 1997, families told how their loved ones had simply 'given up and died' rather than face another day of hospital food. The NHS hit back by insisting their meals were 'nutrious and delicious'.
The criticism however has obviously been taken to heart as, in an unusual move, fast food giant Burger Bean have been awarded a five year contract to supply patients with whoppers and fries.
CEO Jeremy Wibbley said: "We're delighted our tender (meat) was successful. Millions of customers can confirm that there's nothing like a fat burger to make you feel better. We're confident our meals will be an improvement to the NHS."
But health campaigners were in uproar.
Boorland Wendigo of the charity SLOP called the move ridiculous.
"Once again the government's got it completely wrong," he said. "The whole point of hospital food was that it was designed to get the patient out as quickly as possible. Now we're likely to see people pretending to be ill simply so they can enjoy a free bed and burger. Hospitals will be the new prisons and a huge strain on the taxpayer."
Health Minister Margaret Steptoe said: "Our focus groups showed that patients wanted to be fed fat greasy whoppers. We see this as a progressive way forward for the government."
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