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New standards for hospital food and drink

Kane Gorny died at St George's Hospital, Tooting, in 2009. Credit: Family handout.

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has introduced new standards to ensure that NHS patients get nutritious and appetising food while in hospital.

It comes after an inquest revealed that a 22-year-old died from dehydration at St George's Hospital in Tooting due to neglect by medical staff. Kane Gorny from Balham was so desperate for a drink, while being treated there in 2009, that he called 999 from his hospital bed.

The new standards state that: "All patients should have access to fresh drinking water at all times, unless it contradicts clinical advice."

Mr Hunt also said that food and drink should be available at all times of the day - not just meal times.