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Charities laud Scotland's free personal care for elderly people

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:322
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    The rest of the United Kingdom could learn from Scotland's experience of introducing free personal care for elderly people, says a report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report found that the policy had created a fairer system without undue extra public expenditure.

    The charity Help the Aged has responded by saying the report presents a very strong case for making free personal care available to all elderly people in the UK who need it.

    Scotland introduced free personal care—which involves help with such things as washing, dressing, and …

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