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Hospital food not good enough

30th November 2006

Malnourishment remains a major concern in Scottish hospitals, with half failing to look at the nutritional content of their food.

Less than a quarter have ring fenced nursing time to ensure staff can focus on their patient’s feeding, says a new report from Audit Scotland.

It comes after an Age Concern survey recently found nine out of 10 nurses did not always have time to help patients who needed assistance with their eating.

Audit Scotland have agreed with these findings, and warned patients were at increased risk of malnutrition. Experts have warned that nutrition is an essential area of basic patient care, as well as a human right.

The report also noted that spending on patient meals had failed to rise in line with inflation, although admits this may be due to contract negotiations.

Campaigners said malnourishment needed to be addressed urgently by the NHS.

Despite these findings, the report did show that choices for vegetarians and religious preferences had improved and patients were now more able to choose their meal, and control portion size.

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