- Cases of the Victorian era illness scurvy have more than doubled in the last decade since the Tories came to power in the 2010 election.
- “This is a shameful indictment on a decade of the Tories,” said Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth, blaming Conservative rule for the spike in malnutrition.
- “The Government’s promises to ‘level up’ are exposed as utterly hollow. While deprivation worsens, the Tories refuse to tackle hunger in society,” Ashworth added.
Kate Plummer from Indy100 writes:
The Mirror reported on NHS Digital statistics revealing that hospital reported cases of scurvy – a severe form of vitamin C deficiency which can cause fatigue, bruised skin, swelling of the limbs and tooth loss – increased from 82 in 2010-11 to 171 in 2020-21, though these numbers are still relatively low.
The stats also revealed that hospital admissions for malnutrition have doubled since the Conservatives came to power in the 2010 election. In the 2010/2011 financial year, people were treated in hospital 4,657 times for the condition. By the most recent year, 2020/2021, this had risen to 10,109.
The statistics do not include the cause of a patient’s malnutrition or deficiency and the overall rise cannot be linked to one particular factor though the Mirror noted that food bank use has increased since 2010 and the Tories’ austerity measures, which could impact people’s diets…”
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