Department of Health written question – answered on 9th January 2018.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of hospital admissions as a result of malnutrition within the Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability and Transformation Plan area.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Ensuring people, particularly the vulnerable and the elderly, are getting an adequate diet is a priority for this Government. We have given £500,000 to Age UK’s Malnutrition Taskforce to reduce malnutrition among older people and will continue to train all health staff so early action can be taken. Through the Healthy Start programme, the Government provides a nutritional safety net to hundreds of thousands of pregnant women, families and children under four from low income households.

Individual local authorities and clinical commissioning groups within the Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability and Transformation Partnership are responsible for preventing and treating malnutrition in their local areas.

NHS England published ‘Guidance - Commissioning excellent nutrition and hydration 2015-2018’ in October 2015 to improve the delivery and commissioning of excellent nutrition and hydration care in acute services and the community.

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