This time south of the earth’s equator, Australia.
Public hospital food was so “atrocious” and menus so inflexible that half of all patients were “starving” and ended up staying twice as long as a result, an inquiry heard yesterday.
A survey of 777 patients across the Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service last year found 51 per cent were malnourished – and many had not entered hospital in that state. Joanne Prendergast, the manager of the department of nutrition at Royal North Shore Hospital, told the special commission of inquiry.
“Malnutrition is rife in our public hospitals and we need to do something about it,” Joanne Prendergast, manager of the department of nutrition at Royal North Shore Hospital, told the inquiry. “We have patients starving.”