'Poor' hospital nutrition care doubles

Harmful errors relating to poor nutritional care in NHS hospitals has almost doubled in two years, according to the Conservatives.

Figures obtained from a Parliamentary question show that the number of serious incidents reported anonymously by NHS whistleblowers has risen from 15,000 in 2005 to over 29,000 in 2007.
Stephen O’Brien, Conservative shadow health minister, said: ‘Nutrition is central to health and dignity – how many more patients must suffer at the hands of this inept government?’

SHA figures (Increase 2005-7 by percentage):

  • North East: 248%
  • West Midlands: 178%
  • East of England: 174%
  • South Central: 167%
  • South West: 145%
  • South East Coast: 121%
  • East Midlands: 120%
  • London: 89%
  • Yorkshire and the Humber: 63%
  • North West: 46%

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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