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Patients go hungry in British hospitals

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7078.393q (Published 08 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:393
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    Some patients are not getting enough to eat and drink when they are in hospital, claims the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales.

    Their report Hungry in Hospital? catalogues several cases in which patients have gone hungry because they have not been given help with feeding or because food and drink has been placed out of reach. The report, based on over 200 letters from community health councils and members of the public, acknowledges that it has not measured the scale of the problem. But it says: “The problem appears to be sufficiently widespread to be of serious concern.”

    The National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts said the numbers in the report were small compared to the 10 million treated every year.

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