Community care is failing elderly people

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 31 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:327
  1. John Warden
  1. London

    Britain's system of care in the community, acknowledged by the government to be inadequate for psychiatric patients, is also failing many elderly people. A report last week by the statutory Clinical Standards Advisory Group found that community health and social services were fragmented, confused, and underfunded, with unacceptable variations according to where people live.

    The advisory group monitors the impact on clinical standards of the NHS reforms. Its findings of inequity and inadequacy in care …

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