"Why is there no box to tick to say I am a Jain?"

About: Northwick Park Hospital St Thomas' Hospital (London)

(as a service user),

When we are asked to fill form/s, why is there no box to tick to say I am a Jain - and don't please give me stats say there are not enough of us.

Why don't we have Jain foods on Hospital menu? We do not eat any type of meat be it land animals or water ones (yes no fish etc)

A lot of us Jains do not eat food (edible part) that grows below the ground. Some example for chefs are potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots etc.

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Response from St Thomas' Hospital

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is situated in two of the most diverse boroughs with over 200 languages and many different faiths. Although we try to cater and support for all our patients, we often have to produce menus which cater for the majority. The menus are put together carefully by a committee of catering dietetics and nursing to ensure that they are nutritional, tasty and culturally inclusive. We can put your suggestions forward to the committee for consideration. Please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 020 7188 8801 or email pals@gstt.nhs.uk so that we can discuss your concerns.

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