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Committee calls for GPs to advise elderly patients on financial benefits

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:132
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    A House of Commons committee has said that elderly people should routinely be given advice on state financial benefits when they visit their GP.

    The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, which monitors public spending, made the proposal in its report on improving public services for elderly people, published last week.

    The recommendations follow a report last year from the National Audit Office, Developing Effective Services for Older People, which called for more coherent strategies across government on elderly people and for each government department to appoint a champion for elderly people, not just the NHS (BMJ 2003;326:680).

    The committee's report acknowledges the positive impact of the national service framework for elderly people, introduced in the NHS in 2001.

    But it says that other parts of government pay less attention to elderly people. The work of the Cabinet committee for older people, which is meant to draw together initiatives …

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