Letters

Long term care for older people

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7365.660/a (Published 21 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:660

Dementia is main issue

  1. Tom R Dening (tom.dening@addenbrookes.nhs.uk), consultant psychiatrist
  1. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Box 311, Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge CB1 5EF
  2. Handon Cottage, Markwick Lane, Loxhill, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4BD

    EDITOR—Heath makes a convincing case for abandoning the distinction between personal care and nursing care in England, and therefore for following the Scottish example of providing free personal care for older people in need of it.1 Frank as this editorial is, it does not go to the root of the issue.

    There is not a single mention of the importance of dementia in determining the levels of care needed by older people. Moreover, there is a …

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