Baroness Greengross, who used to run Age Concern, says:
The government should introduce a nationwide policy to ensure elderly patients in hospitals do not get dehydrated, a former head of Age Concern has said.
I am led to believe that there are people called "nurses" in hospitals whose job is to look after patients who are there for treatment, operations or convalescence. Might I suggest that, if those nurses are doing their job properly they will give elderly patients a drink - a glass of water, maybe a cup of tea?
However the response from Baroness Thornton, Labour's health spokesman is priceless:
Baroness Thornton accused the government of “washing its hands of a hydration policy” and called for ministers to provide “leadership”.
You couldn't make this stuff up, could you? What next, a national strategy for making beds?