Poor nutrition among hospital patients is not a problem confined to the NHS, according to Spanish research.
A study of 817 adult hospital patients by Granada University researchers found 75% were malnourished, regardless of pathology. It included all departments except psychiatry and ophthalmology.
The authors blamed poor resource administration and a lack of importance given to nutrition.
In particular, they said the times at which food was served in Spanish hospitals did not fit in with the Spanish lifestyle of eating later in the day.
'Patients have to change their eating habits during their hospital stay,' said study author Gabriela Lobo Tamer.