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Basic healthcare needs of care home residents are being neglected by commissioners

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1742 (Published 08 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1742
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

More than half of care home residents are being denied prompt access to the basic healthcare they require, data collected by the healthcare regulator, the Care Quality Commission, show.

The data show that some older residents have to wait up to three months for formal checks for conditions such as bed sores, and just under 40% of residents have to wait more than two weeks for continence assessments.

Regular GP visits were arranged at 38% of homes, and 10% of care homes paid a local GP surgery to visit directly.

The British Geriatrics Society has accused primary care trusts of lacking interest in the needs of care home residents, …

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