Monday, August 31, 2009

Daily Mail: Prisoners Have Better Diet Than Hospital Patients

From the Daily Mail...

Patients in Health Service hospitals are far more likely to go hungry than criminals in jail, scientists warned yesterday.

They say frail and elderly patients do not get the help they need with meals, and nobody checks whether they get enough to eat.

Despite years of Government promises to tackle poor hospital nutrition, food still arrives cold, and patients often miss out because meal times clash with tests and operations.

Meanwhile, prisoners are enjoying carbohydrate-rich, low-fat foods which in many cases are better than they would have been eating on the outside.

The Daily Mail has been highlighting the scandal of old people not being fed properly in hospital as part of its Dignity for the Elderly campaign.

Hospital meals are often taken away untouched, because they are either unappetising or are placed out of patients' reach.

The latest figures show 242 patients died of malnutrition in NHS hospitals in 2007 - the highest toll in a decade. More than 8,000 left hospital under-nourished - double the figure when Labour came to power.


This in light of the claims that "England has great medical care..."

Don't listen to the lies flying out of your politician's mouth.

Healthcare reform needs to start with tort reform, medical savings accounts, moving back toward Medical Insurance (i.e. major medical coverage)... Not with so-called Obama care, a government owned 'insurance company', or government paid coverage of "40 million uninsured".

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