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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 21271, tabled on 26 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prevent malnutrition in (a) hospitals, (b) care homes and (c) primary care settings.

Answered on

6 March 2020

Malnutrition is a common health problem, affecting all ages and all health and care settings.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence quality standard for nutrition support in adults (QS24) requires that all care services take responsibility for the identification of people at risk of malnutrition and provide nutrition support for everyone who needs it. An integrated approach to the provision of services is fundamental to the delivery of high-quality care to adults who need nutrition support.