Posted by:3 December, 2012
Professor David Oliver, clinical director for older people at the Department of Health, has warned that older people are being moved unnecessarily into nursing homes where they do not have adequate healthcare. He said not enough effort was being made to tackle “perfectly reversible, treatable problems”.
Speaking to the House of Lords select committee on public service and demographic change, he said when older people entered homes, access to certain treatments was worse than “you might get in prison”.
“Certainly, when older people are in health services, primary care or secondary care, they need a proper diagnosis, they need proper assessment, and currently we are failing to address reasons why they are becoming immobile, or becoming dependent, and writing them off,” he said.
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