Thursday, December 10, 2009
A National Disgrace
According to a report in a British newspaper, 250 patients are dying of malnutrition in NHS hospitals every year. Yes, you did read that correctly. Sick people in British hospitals are starving to death. According to the health charity BAPEN, 30% of patients are malnourished, meaning longer recovery times and hospital stays.
The Department of Health's response, as usual, had all the cold, clinical detachment from reality one expects from Government departments. "We are committed to tackling malnutrition."
Yes, of course you are. That is no doubt why 2000 patients have died of malnutrition since 1997.