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Feeding our old folks on the cheap in hospitals

December 9, 2018 9:07 AM
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Feeding our old folks on the cheap in hospitals

The alarming figures have led to fears that thousands of Scotland’s most vulnerable people may not be getting enough nutrition.

Orchard View in Greenock, a 42-bed facility for older people suffering from dementia that was opened last year at a cost of £7million, spent £2.50 per patient each day.

Several other mental hospitals run by Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) health board also spent just a few pounds a day on food and drink last year, including Stobhill (£3.30), Parkhead (£3.40) and Gartnavel Royal (£5.10).

Motherwell’s Airbles Road Centre, a long-stay hospital for older adults and mental health patients, spent £4 per head a day on average in 2017/18.

Mental health patients at the Carseview Centre in Dundee (£7.30 a day) and Bellsdyke Hospital in Larbert (£7.50 a day) are also fed and watered for a minimal outlay.

And Udston Hospital in Hamilton, which provides mental health care for patients over 65, spent £7.60 per head on daily catering last year.

On average, Scottish mental hospitals spent just £11 per patient per day on catering last year – down from a daily average of £12.70 five years ago.

General hospitals spent £13.70 a day on each patient, while long-stay hospitals spent £17.20 a day and community hospitals spent £20.70 a day on average.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary had the lowest catering costs of any general hospital with £7.10 spent per patient per day, followed by Crosshouse in Kilmarnock and Raigmore in Inverness both at £9.70.

Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, (L) and Scottish shadow health secretary Miles Briggs (Image: ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)


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