National director calls for five point plan on care of older people

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:229
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The Department of Health needs a five point plan to improve healthcare services for older people, says England's national clinical director for older people, Ian Philp.

    Early intervention, management of long term conditions, early supported discharge, acute care in hospital when needed, and health and social care agencies working in partnership are all keys to the success of caring for an ageing population, he said.

    “This is already happening in some areas,” said Professor Philps, “but it needs to happen across the country.”

    His report cites examples of delivering care in innovative ways that he …

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