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Call for more time to be allocated to mealtimes

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More time and expertise must be devoted to meals in care homes, the government has said in its nutrition action plan

Improving Nutritional Care was published by the Department of Health in October. Junior health minister, Ivan Lewis, said nutrition must be improved, ‘whether through the provision of ample and nourishing food, help with eating, modified diets or specialist tube feeding’. He added: ‘Mealtimes should be considered a priority in terms of importance and dedication of staff time, and systems within organisations should reflect this.’
The action plan sets out five priorities: greater awareness of the link between nutrition and health; user-friendly guidance; screening for people who are using social care and health services; training; and clearer standards.
The plan lists existing training resources that can be used straight away.
Delivery of the plan will be overseen by Gordon Lishman, director general of Age Concern.

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