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BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 25 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:a

A mark of a civilised society is how well it looks after the old, the sick, the vulnerable. On the evidence of this week's BMJ several countries aren't doing so well.

On p 426 Clive Ballard and a clutch of senior British geriatricians show how poor the quality of care is for patients with dementia living in private nursing homes and NHS long stay wards. They used a standardised method of observation to map patients' activity and concluded that all seven of the NHS facilities they studied and five of the 10 …

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