An inpatient, and his visitor, were unimpressed by the plant-based meals offered at the hospital Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia - and made a point of publicly voicing their concerns.
Alexia Carvalho was visiting 19-year-old Bailey Thompson, during a recent hospital stay for broken ribs, when she was shocked to see what was provided as a vegan dinner option.
Thompson was served a packaged fruit cup, bread, and a pair of small boiled potatoes for dinner, leaving Carvalho 'offended' by the quality of the meal.
Carvalho was quick to pen a note to the hospital - and share photos of the meal via Facebook - in hopes of inspiring change.
The note said: "Didn't realise it would be so hard to add some boiled vegetables and steamed rice.
"Nice to know how you guys accommodate for your patients with specific dietary requirements. Thanks."
Thompson says the less-than-ideal offerings were standard practice during his stay, describing the food he'd been served as 'slop'.
The meals in question were provided by the hospital's catering company, The Spotless Group.
A Central Adelaide Local Health Network representative explained that it's standard practice to give patients a number of meal options, to suit different needs.
They said: "We are currently looking into the matter and will continue to listen to feedback and work to ensure all meals meet the standards expected by the community.
"Food plays an important role in a patient’s health and wellbeing."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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