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Malnutrition Oral Question, 29/04/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 29 April 2015 Claire Baker (Lab) asked the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle malnutrition.

The Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt replied that It is important to note that malnutrition can refer to people who are overnourished as well as those who are undernourished. From 2012 to 2015, the Scottish Government has spent £7.5 million to encourage healthy eating, especially in our most deprived communities, and we will continue to give the area a high priority. In addition, the Scottish Government has invested £300,000 in 2014-15 to enable boards to deliver further improvements in nutritional care.

On 20 May, I will host a summit on malnutrition in Edinburgh. Attendees will include medical professionals, Government and national health service officials, the third sector, community groups, academics and representatives of the National Nutritional Care Advisory Board and the food commission. The summit will look at the causes of malnutrition, the impact on the community and the action that can be taken to prevent it. There will be specific focus on older people, food access and community health and social care.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 29 April† 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 29 April 2015