Victorian diseases savage Britain as thousands are pushed to foodbanks : Welfare Weekly


Victorian diseases and medical conditions associated with hunger and malnutrition are making an unwelcome comeback in today’s Britain, as hundreds of thousands of families struggle to put food on the table and are forced to turn to foodbanks, recent figures suggest.

The number of hard-up people admitted to hospital due to hunger and malnutrition has more than tripled in the last 10 years, with Labour blaming Tory cuts to social security benefits and stagnant wage growth for a shameful rise in the number of people struggling to make ends meet.

 Over the last year alone, the NHS treated 8,417 patients for medical conditions linked to malnutrition, compared to 2,702 in 2008.

This includes treatment for conditions like Scurvy, caused by vitamin C deficiency, which was once thought to have been all but eradicated in the UK. Shocking statistics show the number of people treated for this Victorian disease has more than doubled, from 61 to 128 cases.

 

Source: Victorian diseases savage Britain as thousands are pushed to foodbanks : Welfare Weekly

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