NHS Improvement, the British Dietetic Association and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists have called for a change to the term 'soft diet' after confusion amongst medical staff has lead to a number of choking incidents.
Vulnerable patients have been put at risk in the past due to a confusion over which types of 'soft foods' are suitable in light of their swallowing difficulties.
Experts have suggested the introduction of precise terminology in a bid to prevent any further harm.
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Two patients are reported to have died and seven more came to "significant harm" after people with swallowing difficulties were given inappropriate food, according to NHS Improvement.