[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 4, November 2011].
The Care Quality Commission’s Dignity and Nutrition Inspection Programme continues to investigate whether nutrition and dignity standards are being adhered to at 100 hospitals. Unannounced visitors from the CQC spent a day on two wards at each hospital site, and concerns were identified in 55 cases. A couple of the worst performers were the James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth and Sandwell General in West Bromwich (where corrective actions have since been taken).
Of the 100 hospitals sampled, 45 were found to be fully compliant, 35 met official standards on dignity and nutrition but with room for improvement, and 20 were failing on either dignity or nutrition or both.
Triggle, N. (2011). Basic care given to elderly in hospital “alarming”. London: BBC News, October 13th 2011.