THE BIG QUESTION
The big question: are hospitals outdated for ageing patients?
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has warned that NHS hospitals are designed for the needs of the previous century and are in danger of being overwhelmed by the needs of older patients.
Mr Burnham said these reasons were at the “crux” of the problem why stories of older patients being neglected or abused were recurring with “ever greater frequency”.
He said his “penny drop” moment came after speaking to a sister at the Royal Derby Hospital, who told him wards were no longer designed to deal with the complexity of the “demographic challenges of this century”.
Are nurses stretched because hospitals are not set up to care for an ageing population with complex needs? What do you think?
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