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Sixty seconds on . . . malnutrition

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 20 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k789
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Another African famine?

No, much closer to home—in UK hospitals, in fact. The Telegraph’s recent headline summed things up: “Record numbers of patients are dying malnourished in NHS hospitals with almost one case a day.” Charities slammed the latest figures as “shocking,” urging hospitals to do more to ensure that vulnerable elderly patients receive help with eating and drinking.

What’s behind the headlines?

Malnutrition was the underlying cause or a contributory factor in 351 deaths in NHS …

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