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Doctors charged with ensuring dignity for older patients

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 27 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:993
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Doctors and other NHS staff in England will be subject to closer scrutiny to ensure they are treating older patients with greater dignity and respect, the government has been announced.

    The government said last week that it intended to make dignity for older people a priority and was asking the NHS watchdog—the Healthcare Commission—to expand its inspections to include dignity.

    Unveiling the second five year phase of its national service framework for older people—the government's plan to improve services for older people in England—health minister …

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