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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 Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Shadow Spokesperson (Health) 2:49 pm, 5th November 2019

My Lords, in a rich country such as ours, it is shameful that anyone does not have enough to eat. Yet over £3 billion is spent on managing malnutrition and its effects. NHS trusts already have a duty to ensure that they meet patients’ nutritional and hydration needs. However, the Campaign for Better Hospital Food has said that, despite the introduction of food standards, at least half of all hospitals are not complying and the current Government are failing to encourage progress. Labour has committed to mandatory nutritional standards being regulated. I invite the Minister to join us in supporting this sensible policy.