The Francis report into care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust recommended the introduction of a registered older persons nurse. Mr Francis posed a number of questions:
“Although older people hold the same right of access to NHS services as any younger adults, why are older people accused of ‘blocking’ the beds?”
“If older people increase demand upon services, why are they called a ‘burden’?”
“When admitted to a general adult ward, where older adults now outnumber younger adults, why is specialist gerontological nursing not widely available to prevent readmission?”
Mr Francis commented that “there is now a real opportunity to develop nurses who can change the care of older people and create a different value system”.