People's History of the NHS


Christmas away from home with the Food Programme

Sheila Dillon of BBC Radio 4's Food Programme explored the food stories of Britons who won't be at home with their families on Christmas Day. It includes an interview with Martin McLachlan, the Imperial NHS Trust Facilities Manager examining how Christmas dinner is provided within the Trust's five NHS hospitals. The episode also includes first-hand memories of Christmas day on the wards before the switch to outsourced food emphasising how both nurses and consultants tried to get into the festive spirit for the sake of the patients. The radio programme not only allows us to think about Christmas and the NHS within the wider themes of Christmas away from home but also combines discussion of Christmas in the NHS today with recollection of the past.

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