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Obesity

Volume 400: debated on Wednesday 26 February 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received concerning obesity and the introduction of national care standards; and what assessment he has made of the impact of care standards regarding obesity on (a) private clinics and (b) nursing homes. [96891]

We have not received any representations concerning obesity and the introduction of national standards. We have not made any assessment specifically related to the impact of the standards regarding obesity in care(nursing) homes or private clinics.However, national standards are designed to ensure care provision is fit for the purpose and meet the assessed needs of the home's residents. Among other things there are standards to ensure that care homes promote and maintain their residents health, that residents are given appropriate exercise and physical activity, and that residents receive a wholesome appealing balanced diet.