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BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 20 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1791

More hospitals are meeting patients’ nutritional needs: The NHS and social care inspector in England, the Care Quality Commission, has found that 88% of hospitals it visited in 2012 made sure that patients had help to eat and drink, up from 83% in 2011.1 However, the number of hospitals found to be respecting people’s privacy and dignity fell from 88% in 2011 to 82% in 2012, with, for example, call bells being left unanswered. Care homes were inspected for the first time: 84% were found to respect people’s privacy and dignity and 83% met their nutritional needs.2

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