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NHS patients 'at risk of malnourishment'

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The NHS must improve its care for hospital patients, the Patients Association (PA) has insisted, following its survey revealing that two out of three patients are not checked for malnutrition.

 

In the Patient's Understanding of Nutrition report, featured in the Daily Mail, 69 per cent of the 5,000 patients questioned said they did not recall being screened for malnutrition on admission.

 

A quarter of short-stay patients, from England, Scotland and Wales, were asked about their weight or diet, while 38 per cent of those staying for more than two nights were checked.

 

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the PA, a national healthcare charity running for almost 50 years, said: "It is unbelievable that in the UK today there are more than three million people either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition in hospitals and the community."

 

Earlier this year, the PA published a report entitled The Lottery of Dignified Care, which called for consistency in the treatment of elderly patients in Wales.

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Private treatment news: 23 August 2011

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