Malnutrition in Britain- a health system broken
Shocking official figures have revealed that people with malnutrition accounted for 184,528 hospital bed days last year, a huge rise on 65,048 in 2006-07. The sharp increase is adding to the pressures on hospitals already struggling with record levels of overcrowding.
The Department of Health figures showed that the number of bed days accounted for by someone with a primary or secondary diagnosis of malnutrition rose from 128,361 in 2010-11, to 184,528 last year – a 44% rise over five years.
Four out of five people who needed inpatient hospital care because of malnutrition were admitted as an emergency, suggesting their health had deteriorated significantly in the days before they were taken in.
The Autumn Statement decision by the chancellor, Philip Hammond, not to give the NHS or social care any more money will further worsen this crisis.
It is the vulnerable, the elderly and the poor who have struggled in a society where the Government had chosen to prioritise funding into other areas than the health and well-being of its population.
The Queen has been awarded a 66% pay rise to fund a £369m 10-year refit of Buckingham Palace, after the prime minister and chancellor agreed that an increase in the sovereign grant was the best way to fund urgent repairs.
This is the same Government that has stopped providing grants for the building of social housing for those at who are or at risk homelessness, but are content to give a generous grant to Buckingham Palace.
The House of Commons voted for Trident renewal by majority of 355. This is the same Trident programme that Theresa May said she would be willing to authorise a nuclear strike that could kill 100,000.
The estimated cost to the public purse has been estimated as £40 billion- that replaces four submarines that carry nuclear warheads.
Still members of Parliament are using public funds as their personal bank accounts to claim their high expenses.
Some politicians are claiming nearly £3,000 a month in rent and up to £25,000 a year in hotel bills.
In the years since the expenses scandal, claims have risen by 43% from £79 million to £113 million, according to a book, Parliament Ltd, by journalist Martin Williams.
He found the bill for flights was up 50% to more than £1 million a year. Costs for second-home rents have risen from £6.2 million before the expenses scandal in 2009 to £9.3 million last year.
The reality is that whilst people in Britain are struggling to meet their basic needs, the Government has prioritised weapons, renovation of old buildings and their hotel rooms over feeding it’s population.
Indeed poverty, malnutrition and poor spending is not just a ‘third world’ phenomenon.
The Prophet ﷺ said,
«لَيْسَ لابْن آدَمَ حَقٌّ في سِوى هَذِهِ الخِصَال: بَيْتٌ يَسْكُنُهُ، وَثَوْبٌ يُوَارِي عَوْرَتَهُ وَجِلْفُ الخُبز، وَالمَاءِ»
“The Son of Adam has no better right than that he would have a house wherein he may live, a piece of clothing whereby he may hide his nakedness and a piece of bread and some water” [Tirmidhi].