Tuesday, January 23, 2007
A British health minister has admitted that elderly people are effectively being starved to death within numerous care facilities and hospitals. Health Minister Ivan Lewis says many British care officials abuse their elderly charges by providing minimal amounts of food, representing the overall lack of appropriate care within the nation's health care system, the Daily Mail said Monday. Lewis has decided to launch a nationwide campaign to improve food quality for seniors. "We wouldn't put up with this happening to our children, so why should we find it acceptable for our older people?" Lewis said. A December 2005 report supports Lewis' claim, citing that more than 2,000 of Britain's care facilities that do not provide appropriate nutrition care. The Mail said the government's "Dignity for Older People" campaign would focus on assigning area officials to promote improved healthcare and would also concentrate on overall elder nutrition.