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Health and Social Care: Malnutrition - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:49 pm on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Lord Aberdare Lord Aberdare Crossbench 2:49 pm, 5th November 2019

My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for that response. Even here in the UK, malnutrition is shockingly underrecognised and undertreated. Some 3 million people live with malnutrition, including one in 10 older people. One in six patients admitted to hospital, and about 40% of those entering care homes, are malnourished or at risk. Disease-related malnutrition is estimated to cost over £20 billion a year. What steps will the Government take to improve identification and treatment of malnutrition, not just by promoting screening in care homes and GP surgeries, which I very much welcome, but also by improving the training of GPs and other health professionals on this issue?