Call for action on 'timebomb' of malnutrition
HEALTH officials have been urged to roll out a screening programme to tackle the ticking "timebomb" of malnutrition, which costs the State €1.4bn a year. More than one in four hospital patients have been found to have disease-related malnutrition, it has emerged.
"Malnourished patients and their medical care costs the State over €1.4bn per year," said Niamh Rice, director of the Irish Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.
Ms Rice was speaking ahead of a Dublin conference on disease-related malnutrition.
The conference of nutritional experts comes just after the Irish Independent revealed the sick and elderly in more than 100 public hospitals and nursing homes were being fed chips, battered sausages and pizzas.