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NHS hospitals not feeding patients properly

14th January 2013

The Care Quality Commission has given warnings to a dozen hospitals about their failure to ensure their patients' nutritional needs were met.

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The Daily Telegraph reported NHS hospitals paid out an average of £8.54 per day on each patient's meals.

However, inspections by the CQC showed patients were not being helped to eat their food, had their food taken away before they finished or were interrupted while eating.

The chief executive of the Patients Association, Katherine Murphy, said: "We have had many calls to our helpline from people telling us that there were not enough staff to help them eat, especially when elderly patients were concerned."

"Time and again food has been left out of their reach, or the lid is left on, which is difficult for them to take off."

The Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, said: "Hospitals should not be cutting corners on food to make easy savings. Good food is an important part of good patient care."

The hospitals which failed the CQC inspections were:  Blackpool Victoria Hospital, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Bedford Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, Alderney Hospital, Milton Keynes Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, Queen’s Hospital in Romford, Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Broomfield Hospital, Lincoln County Hospital and Newham General Hospital.

 

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