Issued: Thursday 26 May 2011

Dr Mike Stroud, Chair of BAPEN responds:

"Hospitals are legally bound to comply with the CQC's standards of nutritional care. It is totally unacceptable that 1 in 4 hospitals inspected were found to be non-compliant and disappointing that the CQC were not happy with standards of nutritional care seen in a further 3 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 - it is therefore unbelievable that so many patients are still being let down by managers and staff over such fundamental issues of care."

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