'This is what my daughter (7) was given for her tea in hospital today - disgraceful!'
Published 24/04/2015 | 08:49
A mother has branded a dinner given to her seven-year-old daughter in a Dublin hospital as "disgraceful".
Ingrid Hoey posted a picture of the meal to her Twitter account.
The image shows a meat pie of some variety, chips and ketchup.
Ms Hoey tweeted the picture at Health Minister Leo Varadkar's official Twitter account with the caption: "This is what my 7 yr old was given for her tea in hospital in Dublin today! Disgraceful".
She does not mention what hospital her daughter was in. The image was posted on Monday, April 20th.
Speaking to Newstalk radio, Ms Hoey said she felt lucky her daughter was only on the ward for one night.
"Imagine if you had a really sick child and they were eating that everyday. Out of the three people on the ward with us that evening, not one ate their dinner. It was that bad," she told the Pat Kenny Show.
“It was basically a plate of what look like preheat chips and some kind of pie… I don’t know what. The problem was that there was not a single vegetable on the plate. There was no nutrition at all.”
“I think it is really frustrating as a parent to be teaching your child about healthy eating, and then when you’re not well, when your body needs good food good nutrition the most, you are served this."
Ms Hoey asked her 5,000 plus followers to retweet the image.
“My daughter had an extremely sore throat, so I don’t know how they expected anyone in her condition to eat that plate. Her throat was completely raw – she was on morphine for the pain,” she added.
Ms Hoey is stylist to Kathryn Thomas, Rachel Stevens and Una Foden on hit RTE series 'The Voice'.
Her comments come some five months after Michellin starred chef Oliver Dunne attempted to start a campaign to improve the quality of food in Irish hospitals after his wife Sabine was served a slice of ham, grated cheese and a boiled egg as part of a meal in the Mater Hospital.
He met with Health Minister Leo Varadkar and visited the Mater's kitchen in February. He praised the kitchen as being "spotless" and said the visit was the first step in a process to improve the quality of food in the Irish hospitals.