According to the Department of Health, in 2015 there were 184,528 hospital bed days taken by patients who were suffering from malnutrition from lack of food”
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According to the Malnutrition TaskForce, the cost of malnutrition to the health and care system was around £19.6 billion in 2011-12.
Treating someone who is malnourished is two to three times more expensive than for someone who is not malnourished.
Estimated health and social care expenditure per capita of the population is £2,417. For those malnourished or at risk, the expenditure rises to £7,408 per person in the population.
Food insecurity is bad for self-esteem and bad self -esteem is bad for society
The Independent comments:
An exclusive poll commissioned by The Independent reveals one in 14 Britons has had to use a food bank, with similar numbers also forced to skip meals and borrow money as austerity measures leave them “penniless with nowhere to turn”.
The findings come as a major report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) shows more than 1.5 million people were destitute in the UK last year alone, a figure higher than the populations of Liverpool and Birmingham combined.
This includes 365,000 children, with experts warning that social security policy changes under the Tory government were leading to “destitution by design”. Destitution is defined as people lacking two “essential needs”, such as food or housing.
….among the tens of thousands of people who were recorded as being destitute last year, food was the most commonly lacked item, with 62 per cent within the group reporting that they had gone without over the past month.
Rolling out Universal Credit has become according to Campbell Robb, chief executive of JRF, destitution by design.
Britain has nine out of the ten poorest regions in Northern Europe which is a disgrace for the supposed 5th richest economy in the world.