Malnutrition can be caused by a variety of factors, including an inability to absorb nutrients normally, or a condition or disease which affects a patient’s ability to feed normally.
The number of bed days in hospitals for a primary diagnosis of malnutrition and a secondary diagnosis of malnutrition in each of the last 10 years is presented in the following table however the cause of the malnutrition is not presented in these figures and it not possible to make assumptions on which factor was responsible for the admission.
The information requested pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2016 to Question 42560, requesting provision of the figures in that Answer by each English region and parliamentary constituency is not held in the format requested.
The Department does not hold any data on the number and the proportion of care home residents who are malnourished. In 2014 the Government updated the requirements of regulation with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to provide greater clarity about how the nutritional needs should be met. The CQC can prosecute for a breach of this regulation if a failure to meet the regulation results in avoidable harm to a person using the service, or a person using the service is exposed to significant risk of harm.