Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards
The death toll was disclosed by the Government amid mounting concern over the dignity of patients on NHS wards.
They will also fuel concerns about care homes, as it was disclosed that eight people starved to death and 21 people died of thirst while in care.
Last night there were warnings that they must prompt action by the NHS and care home regulators to prevent further deaths among patients.
The Office for National Statistics figures also showed that:
In many wards nurses were dumping meal trays in front of patients too weak to feed themselves and then taking them away again untouched.
* as well as 43 people who starved to death, 287 people were recorded by doctors as being malnourished when they died in hospitals;
* there were 558 cases where doctors recorded that a patient had died in a state of severe dehydration in hospitals;
* 78 hospital and 39 care home patients were killed by bedsores, while a further 650 people who died had their presence noted on their death certificates;
* 21,696 were recorded as suffering from septicemia when they died, a condition which experts say is most often associated with infected wounds.
A report by the Health Service Ombudsman last year condemned the NHS for its inhumane treatment of the most vulnerable.
The investigation found patients were left hungry, unwashed or given the wrong drugs because of the "casual indifference of staff". >>>
The figures also disclose thousands of patients and care home residents suffering signs of neglect such as bedsores, when they died last year.
In total, 767 care home residents and hospital patients had bedsores when they died. In 78 cases in hospitals, and 39 cases in care homes, it was listed as the direct cause of death on deathc certificates.
There were also thousands of deaths of patients and care home residents who were suffering from septicaemia, which experts say is most often caused by infected wounds.
In total, 21,696 hospital patients and 1,100 care home residents were suffering from the blood poisoning when they died.
In care homes, it was the direct cause of death in 101 cases, and in hospitals, it caused 1,997 deaths.
In July, an inquest heard that a young man who died of dehydration at a leading hospital rang 999 for police because he was so thirsty.
Officers arrived at Kane Gorny's bedside, but were told by nurses that he was in a confused state and were sent away.
The footballer and runner, 22, died of dehydration a few hours later, an inquest heard in July. >>>
Doctors had warned that, without regular medication to control his fluid levels, he would die.
But when he was admitted to St George's Hospital in Tooting, South London, staff ignored repeated reminders from Mr Gorny and his family to give him the tablets, and he became severely dehydrated after being refused water.
His mother told the inquest that in May 2009 she received a distressed phone call from her son, in which he said he had called the police because he was so desperate for a drink.
Shortly before he died, his mother found him delirious and saw that his medication was untouched.
National Health Care 4 all because ... "we care". On the bright side, the gov't ensured that they died free of charge.