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Nutrition Action Plan Launched

The Department of Health has launched a Nutrition action plan that aims to tackle malnutrition and ensure the nutritional needs of older people in hospitals and care homes are better met.

The action plan contains five priorities:

In order to support these priorities a training programme on nutritional care and assistance with eating will be available to all NHS and social care staff from May 2008.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of the importance of good nutrition and adequate hydration for health outcomes and be able to advise patients about their diet.