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Deaths involving malnutrition have been on the rise: NHS neglect is not to blame

An increase in the number of people dying in hospital with a diagnosis of malnutrition has prompted understandable concern. One leading charity has described the figures as “shocking.” But as Myer Glickman, Head of Quality & Methods in the Health Analysis and Life Events Division at the Office for National Statistics explains, many factors other than poverty or neglect lie behind the data.

Deaths involving malnutrition have been on the rise. NHS neglect is not to blame