Since 2006, Age UK has been campaigning to make sure older people in hospital get the chance to eat a square meal and so avoid becoming malnourished. Government, the NHS and professional bodies say they support this campaign.
But malnutrition is still a serious danger for older people in hospital. The February 2011 report from the NHS Ombudsman on care for older people in the NHS “Care and Compassion” included cases of older patients not receiving adequate food or water. Nationally, large numbers of patients still leave hospital malnourished.
How is London’s NHS responding? Age UK London with Greater London Forum for Older People has just published a research report on what action London’s NHS Trusts are taking to make sure older patients get enough to eat and drink. Continue reading