Labour MP Caroline Flint has slammed the Conservative Party for creating a scare about NHS nutrition.
Ms Flint said: “This attempt to scare elderly and vulnerable patients about one of the best NHS Trusts in the region is nothing short of disgraceful.
“Sadly, many elderly and vulnerable patients come into hospital weak and poorly, often with nutritional problems.
“There is no evidence that patients are left hungry and unfed in hospital – quite the opposite. Once in the care of the NHS, they receive the very best support; including additional food supplements or help eating their food.
“The NHS has more modern catering facilities, better quality food than ever before and more staff to help patients who need that extra help.
“Twice within two weeks the Tory Party have tried to use fiddled figures to frighten voters. They tried to claim that violent crime was rising when it has fallen by 40% under Labour. Now they are using fiddled figures to undermine an NHS we are rightly proud of.
Alan Johnson MP, Labour's Home Secretary responding to the UK Statistics Authority statement on the Tories misuse of crime stats today said:
"David Cameron and Chris Grayling should apologise for continually misleading the British people about crime.
“They have plenty of form on this. In order to justify talking Britain down they have quoted dodgy statistics about schools and hospitals. Now it has been confirmed officially that they have continually mislead the public about crime. Up and down the country Conservative candidates are using these dodgy statistics. They must stop doing this immediately and explain that since 1997 crime has gone down by 36% and violent crime by 41%.
“I wrote to David Cameron in November 2009 and January 2010 challenging him on his use of dodgy crime statistics. I trust he will now have the decency to reply.”