The Hospital Caterers association (HCA) is joining forces with the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) to meet with Lord Kamall, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Technology, Innovation and Life Sciences at the Department of Health and Social Care.
The meeting is set to ensure the key challenges facing health and social care catering are understood and recognised as part of the Health & Care Bill.
Brian Robb, National Chair of the HCA and Sue Cawthray, National Chair of the NACC, will attend a crucial meeting with Lord Kamall to discuss the immediate issues and consequences in the health and care catering sectors, as well as tangible solutions.
The invitation to meet was made by Lord Kamall following a debate in the House of Lords in which Lord Hunt, President of the HCA, and Baroness Barker, Patron of the NACC, spoke in support of an amendment to the Health & Care Bill, calling for better funding, training, pay and recognition across health and social care catering.
The meeting, scheduled for 9 February 2022, will also be attended by Lord Hunt and Baroness Barker.
Sue Cawthray comments: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with the HCA and provide a voice for health and social care caterers at this landmark meeting.”
Brian Robb adds: “It’s fantastic that our two organisations have come together to work on such an important issue. we have long campaigned for catering budgets to be ringfenced to save them from cuts when efficiencies are being demanded. I look forward to a meaningful meeting with Lord Kamall.”