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MPs call for free personal care for elderly people

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 14 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:864
  1. Madeleine Brettingham
  1. London

The distinction between health and social care should be abolished, allowing elderly people to be looked after by a single generic agency, a parliamentary committee recommended this week. The lack of integration between the sectors is a “serious stumbling block” to providing a good quality service to elderly patients, the committee's report argues.

Three weeks after Stephen Ladyman, the minister for community care, insisted to the House of Commons Health Committee that the government would “absolutely not” consider offering free personal care to elderly people on the NHS, members of the committee have nevertheless gone on to criticise the unfairness and inefficiency of a system that is based on an “artificial …

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