‘National scandal’ in Australia: prisoners get better meals than the elderly

An Australian study brought to light that the budget for meals in prisons is a lot higher than that for the food in nursing homes. In addition, it appears as much as half of the Australian elderly are malnourished.

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Study at Bond University in Queensland examined dietician Cherie Hugo, eight hundred and settings where in the total to 65,000 older people stayed. It found them not only that half of older people was malnourished, but also that there is much less budget was available for their meals than, for example, prisoners.

Per resident in a senior home, there was per day on average 6,08 Australian dollar (3.87 euros), compared to AUS$ 8,25 (€held 5.09) per day per inmate. That comparison horrified many Australians. So speaks Michael Gannon, president of the Australian Medical Association, of a national scandal.


Also in Belgium we know malnutrition in older people, but the figures are somewhat less dramatic. In our country, would be twelve percent of people older than seventy years old are malnourished. The quality of the meals that are offered in residential care centres and hospitals is, however, also in our country several times already, the reason of outrage.

Last year, it was claimed that per day and per patient 7,41 euro food was available, but that is a pure virtual calculation ” according to the doctor in the medical sciences and member of parliament Yoleen Van Camp (N-VA). In a study of proved that indifference on almost every level, on the basis of the regularly recurring election.

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