Monday 29 December 2014

Son shocked by dad's 'awful' dinner

Published 28/07/2014 | 02:30

GRANDFATHER Frank De-Claine was served this unappetising meal of savoury mince with potato slices in the Mater Hospital in February of this year.

His son Sean was so shocked by the poor quality of food he took a photo of the evening meal dished up to his 70-year-old father to highlight the standards of food that was being served to society's most vulnerable.

"It looked absolutely awful," Sean told the Irish Independent. "When I asked my father about this at the time, he told me this wasn't even the worst he had got.

"I complained at the time to the HSE. They subsequently apologised to my father which was fine; but the excuses they were giving were a load of rubbish to be honest."

Sean said he's not surprised by the complaints received by hospitals and said countless people have since shared similar experiences of poor hospital food since his photo emerged.

"The level of support was quite phenomenal at the time. It seems like a lot of people have had an experience like that."

He added: "Friends of mine who are nurses said food like that really isn't acceptable. This shouldn't be tolerated but it seems fairly widespread."

Sadly Frank passed away just last week, Sean added he had later moved to another care facility on the grounds of St Vincent's Hospital where he said he had received "wonderful care".

Irish Independent

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