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Malnutrition ‘kills almost 250 NHS patients annually’

7th December 2009

Malnourished patients are a problem for the NHS, it has been discovered, as almost 250 people die every year due to this.

This is according to a study undertaken by health charity BAPEN, which shows that there has been a 16 per cent rise in malnutrition-related deaths in the last 12 years, reports the Telegraph.

It is a problem that costs the NHS around 14 billion pounds a year, the research found.

This is because weaker patients who do not receive the nourishment they need take longer to recover than other patients.

Speaking to the newspaper, Katherine Murphy, director of the Patients Association, stated: “Having patients literally starve because no one is there to help them with their food is a national disgrace.”

This news follows a study released last week by professor Mike Richards, who said that the number of preventable cancer-related deaths occurring in the UK each year is between 5,000 and 10,000.

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