§ Sandra Gidley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2004,Official Report, column 168W, on malnutrition (1) what measures and strategies are in place to manage, monitor and screen patients for under nutrition; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) for which specific groups nutritional screening is recommended; and if he will make a statement. 394W
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
Measures and strategies are in place to manage, monitor and screen patients for under-nutrition in hospitals, residential care and the wider community. Food and nutrition is one of eight benchmark areas aimed at ensuring that patients are screened on admission, and that appropriate action is taken according to nutritional needs. Nutritional screening is recommended for the care of specific groups, such as those highlighted in the national service frameworks for older people, diabetes and renal. Nutritional screening is also part of locally determined services.