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Prison inmates ‘better nourished than NHS patients’

1st September 2009

New research has shown that prisoners in the UK receive better nourishment than people in the care of the NHS.

The study, undertaken by Bournemouth University, found that inmates receive a better-balanced diet than patients recovering in hospital. It also discovered that 40 per cent of those who were malnourished before entering hospital experienced no improvement in their health upon leaving.

This discovery comes despite these individuals being allocated more money per head than prisoners.

Head of the Foodservice and Applied Nutrition Research Group Professor John Edwards stated that food is prepared well in British prisons.

He added: “They don’t add salt and there’s relatively little frying of food – if you have a burger then it goes in the oven.”

In related news, a report conducted by an all-party Parliamentary Group on Muscular Dystrophy concluded last week that the NHS is failing patients suffering from the condition, as around 1,000 people in the UK and Ireland are not receiving the care they need.

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