Nutrition needs to become a more important part of doctors’ training as leading experts claim that current provision is "patchy".
Existing research shows that one in four patients admitted to hospital may be at risk of malnutrition and the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) campaign group warns that doctors working both in hospitals and as GPs often miss the signs of nutritional problems.
Better training would help doctors pick up the signs of malnutrition early and refer people to a dietitian more speedily.
Cornerstones of diabetes management
“We already known that one in ten people admitted to hospital has diabetes," said Cathy Moulton, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK. "Food and nutrition are cornerstones of diabetes management.
"Good awareness of nutritional needs by doctors is therefore needed to make sure that people with diabetes in hospital get the care, advice and support they need.
“People who are at risk of nutritional problems can be easily identified by using a screening tool such as MUST (Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool).”