The Well being Secretary appeared in a 71-second video filmed throughout his go to to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Studying following an unbiased evaluation into meals supplied to sufferers.
However the clip – shared to Mr Hancock’s Twitter account – sparked outrage after viewers observed he was not carrying a face protecting, a transparent breach of the Authorities’s personal guidelines.
Steering states that face coverings ‘are wanted in NHS settings, together with hospitals and first or group care settings, equivalent to GP surgical procedures’.
Critics have slammed the clip, claiming the Well being Secretary ought to ‘be setting an instance’ by carrying a masks when vital.
It’s the second time in seven days that Mr Hancock has not worn a masks when he was presupposed to.
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock has been accused of breaking the Authorities’s Covid-19 guidelines after he went mask-free inside an NHS hospital (pictured)
It occurred regardless of Boris Johnson ordering his ministers to put on masks at the back of official vehicles final month – although chauffeur-driven passengers are exempt from carrying them.
Within the clip shared at this time, Mr Hancock thanks Nice British Bake Off Prue Leith, one of many advisers on the evaluation which units out a sequence of suggestions for safer and extra nutritious meals.
He added: ‘I’ve come to the Royal Berkshire Hospital right here in Studying to launch the evaluation into hospital meals that has been headed up by Prue Leith together with an excellent skilled group.
The Well being Secretary appeared in a 71-second video filmed throughout his go to to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Studying following an unbiased evaluation into meals supplied to sufferers
‘There are some hospitals like this one the place the meals is nutritious and is absolutely tasty.
‘And we wish that to be the norm proper throughout the nation. So the suggestions of the evaluation we’re accepting and we will take ahead to make it possible for meals is a part of your restoration whenever you’re in hospital and is one thing which you could actually sit up for.’
He added: ‘We’re constructing 40 new hospitals and people new hospitals can have first-class catering constructed into them. And one in every of them is after all this hospital, The Royal Berkshire right here in Studying.
‘So we will make it possible for hospital meals is a part of folks’s restoration and I’m extremely grateful to Prue Leith and her complete group for serving to to get us this far.
A Well being Division supply stated Mr Hancock was socially distanced throughout filming and had a masks on for the remainder of his hospital go to (pictured)
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock (proper), with Nice British Bake Off choose Prue Leith throughout their hospital go to at this time
A Labour spokesperson instructed The Mirror: ‘Matt Hancock needs to be setting an instance by carrying face coverings within the NHS.
‘It is a pandemic, not a PR stunt.’
A Well being Division supply stated Mr Hancock was socially distanced throughout filming and had a masks on for the remainder of his hospital go to.
Viewers took to Twitter to share their ideas.
Paul Fowler wrote: ‘Matt Hancock is underneath hearth for filming video at a hospital with out carrying a masks. Time after time, Hancock does an outstanding impersonation of a halfwit.’
Rebecca Mendoza stated: ‘Should not you be carrying a masks in a hospital? Come on Matt.’
Talking throughout their journey to the hospital at this time, Boris Johnson (pictured serving a meal) stated sufferers on hospital wards needs to be served scorching toast across the clock
Talking throughout their journey to the hospital at this time, Boris Johnson stated sufferers on hospital wards needs to be served scorching toast across the clock.
Ms Leith – one of many advisers on the evaluation – stated hospital meals might be ‘scrumptious, nutritious and properly offered’.
The Prime Minister stated: ‘It is massively essential for sufferers and for workers that they need to have scorching and nutritious meals accessible within the wards and throughout hospitals always of the day.’
It was ‘therapeutic, it is useful’ for sufferers to have good high quality meals, he stated.
Talking throughout a go to to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Studying, Mr Johnson stated that within the 40 new hospitals being constructed or rebuilt ‘there can be kitchens and services on the wards so folks can get scorching toast always of the day’.
He was joined on the go to by Leith, who reportedly stop the Conservative Celebration this month after the Authorities rejected a bid to pressure commerce offers to fulfill UK animal welfare and meals security guidelines.
Mr Johnson holds up a roll within the canteen throughout a go to to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Studying
Digital menus and upgraded kitchens offering a 24/7 service are amongst suggestions in an unbiased evaluation printed on Monday.
The evaluation was launched following a lethal outbreak of listeriosis in hospitals final 12 months linked to pre-packaged sandwiches and salads.
The panel of advisers, together with chef Leith, has set out methods NHS trusts can prioritise meals security and supply extra nutritious meals in hospitals.
The Authorities has stated it can set up an professional group of NHS caterers, dietitians and nurses to determine on subsequent steps.
Leith stated: ‘The evaluation supplies best-in-class examples of how hospitals can serve scrumptious, nutritious and properly offered meals on a price range.
‘Meals is just not solely essential to well being, however to morale. Hospital mealtimes needs to be a second of enjoyment and a pleasure to serve. They need to encourage workers, sufferers and guests to eat effectively at residence.’
Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon Eating places and unbiased lead on the Nationwide Meals Technique, stated hospitals should be a ‘guiding mild’ in efforts to ‘familiarize yourself with the slow-motion catastrophe that’s the British weight loss plan’.
Suggestions embody upgraded kitchens which might cater for a variety of wants, from new moms in a maternity ward to sufferers hungry after an extended quick resulting from surgical procedure, and workers working in a single day.
Within the clip shared at this time, Mr Hancock thanks Ms Leith (pictured serving a meal with Mr Hancock and Mr Johnson throughout at this time’s go to), one of many advisers on the evaluation which units out a sequence of suggestions for safer and extra nutritious meals
The Prime Minister has a drink within the canteen throughout a go to to Royal Berkshire Hospital at this time
The evaluation additionally stated digital menus and meals ordering programs bearing in mind a affected person’s wants might enhance communication between dietitians and caterers, scale back meals waste and supply sufferers with the appropriate meals for restoration.
An agreed set of nationwide skilled requirements for NHS cooks with obligatory skilled growth, together with acceptable obligatory meals hygiene and allergen coaching, was additionally really helpful.
The report stated growing the function of nurses, dietitians, caterers and workers wellbeing leads in overseeing meals companies might assist to make sure nutritious meals are a part of a affected person’s restoration plan.
NHS chief govt Sir Simon Stevens stated: ‘Good meals is essential to good well being, so each meal that sufferers get in hospital needs to be appetising and nutritious.
‘It is also proper that the NHS continues to play its half in tackling the nation’s weight problems disaster by supporting folks to eat effectively.’
A 2018 workers survey confirmed that 58% of sufferers rated hospital meals as superb or good, and 39 per cent of hospital workers felt meals and catering services provided of their workplaces have been poor, the Division of Well being stated.