Issued: Thursday 2nd June 2011
Hospitals in Knowsley and Barnsley failed the CQC inspection on nutritional care
Whilst patients in both hospitals are screened and assessed and identified for nutritional risk, staff failed to record, follow-up and implement agreed nutritional care plans appropriately leaving the most vulnerable patients at increased risk
Dr Mike Stroud, Chair of BAPEN responds:
"Hospitals are legally bound to comply with the CQC's standards of nutritional care. It is unacceptable that many hospitals ‘spot-checked’ by CQC were found to be non-compliant on essential standards of nutritional care and disappointing that they were not happy with standards of nutritional care seen in other hospitals. BAPEN has long campaigned for all patients to be weighed and screened for malnutrition on admission so that patients at risk can be identified and treated. If screening does not take place, malnutrition remains unidentified and untreated which results in increased complications, longer hospital stays and even death.
There really is no excuse. Hospitals have all the evidence, guidance and training materials they need - much of it provided by BAPEN. They should by now have made nutritional care a priority and have focused on redesigning systems to ensure that good nutritional care is delivered to all patients, whether that’s help with eating and drinking, provision of special diets or supplements or interventions such as tube feeding.
It is therefore unbelievable that so many patients are still being let down by managers and staff over this fundamental issue of care."
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