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Services for older people need major change, says report

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1994 (Published 07 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1994
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

How the United Kingdom manages its ageing population needs to change radically so that care is coordinated around all of a person’s needs rather than being based on single diseases, says a report from the health think tank the King’s Fund.1

The report also calls for care that prioritises prevention and supports independent living. It says that for this to be achieved more integrated working is needed, to ensure that the right mix of services is available.

David Oliver, the report’s lead author and president elect of the British Geriatrics Society, said, “The health and care systems have a …

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