Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Starving our pensioners

Disgraceful treatment in hospitals and care homes.

Ivan Lewis, the health minister, conceded that some elderly people were given a single scoop of mashed potato or served meals with plastic cutlery "best suited to picnics".His remarks, made to a local Birmingham newspaper, went on to admit that a single scoop of mashed potato "masquerades as lunch every day".

It is appalling and a national disgrace, yet it continues to happen, our older folk almost starving simply because a nurse or a member of staff is not available to feed them. Please remember that a lot of elderly people in hospital or in care have debilitating conditions which can severely limit their mobility and dexterity. After the health minister has made his shocking admission, I wonder what improvements will arise from it?

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