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Reform of long term care for elderly must not be postponed, Dilnot says

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8284 (Published 21 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8284
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Delaying the reform of long term care for elderly people in England until 2025 would be “completely unacceptable,” says Andrew Dilnot, chairman of the government commission that recommended changes to the present system.

The suggestion that there might be a delay sprung from reported remarks by Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, who said that it might take until 2025 for all aspects of the changes to be in place. Mr Hughes is one of six “discussion leaders” from the care and support sector invited by the Department of Health to provide advice that will feed into a white paper expected next spring.

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