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Ministers call for older patients to be given higher priority

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The NHS must provide older patients with more and better preventative care, health secretary Alan Johnson has said.

The government has outlined a package of measures to 'empower' older people to live longer, healthier and more independent lives, Mr Johnson said that the NHS needed to work more closely with social care providers to build on services they already provide and ensure that people know what they are entitled too.

'People are living longer and that is to be celebrated. But I want to ensure, where possible, those extra years are quality years where people have and are aware of basic entitlements to help them lead healthy, independent lives'.

Mr Johnson said that although many entitlements already existed for older people, often they were unaware of them.

'We want to ensure that older people see their local services improve, and that it becomes easier for them to access and use these services'.

The new measures will include an expert group to help the NHS better provide services for falls, fractures and osteoporosis, a review of footcare services, and an ongoing commitment to reduce waiting times for hearing tests.

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  • these are all great ideas but will they like so many good 'ideas' fail to be implemented fully due to cost implications?

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  • these are all great ideas but will they like so many good 'ideas' fail to be implemented fully due to cost implications?

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