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Tom Brake

Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington


Tom Brake Supports 'Hungry to be Heard' Campaign

December 14, 2006 4:15 PM

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has recently signed an early day motion which highlights the risk to elderly people of malnutrition during their stay in hospitals.

The 'Hungry to Be Heard' Campaign has been launched by Age Concern England with the goal of eliminating the malnutrition of older people in hospitals. According to Age Concern, six out of ten older people face the risk of becoming malnourished while in hospital.

Mr Brake was more than willing to pledge his support to Age Concern's cause. He noted that "It is vital to acknowledge how the elderly are being treated and cared for during hospital stays. No person should have to worry about any further health risks while in hospital and measures taken by our local NHS Trust to cut out one hot meal a day must be monitored very closely to ensure they do not harm patients' health."

The 'Hungry to Be Heard' Campaign equally emphasizes how under-fed patients face a greater threat of developing complications while undergoing surgery and face a higher mortality rate than patients who are well fed.