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Comment: 'Bridging the age gap could help to solve the staffing crisis'

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There is no escaping the fact that the elderly are increasing in numbers and will require hospital care for a myriad of health problems in the future. With this in mind perhaps now is the time to introduce the 'excellence in care' branch of nursing for the elderly, to be applied for in the same way as midwifery, adult and child branch students apply. There has never been a shortage of applicants for places and I am sure there will be many who would willingly take this route. Pay and progression should be enhanced if necessary to ensure retention once qualified. And of course it would help if everyone stopped thinking of the elderly as a burden and realised that we will all get old one day, it is not a choice we make!

Posted date

4 March, 2015

Posted time

3:19 pm

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