Watchdog says councils are unprepared for England’s ageing population

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 17 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a872
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1Margate

    More falls prevention schemes should be adopted as part of the effort to prepare for an ageing population in England, says the public service watchdog.

    Most councils are ill prepared to meet the challenges or grasp the opportunities for a population that is ageing, said the Audit Commission in its report published this week.

    This large scale study involved interviews and assessments of documentary evidence from local authorities, interviews with 235 people at councils, a mystery shopper survey of 49 councils conducted by four older researchers, and 15 focus groups with 175 older people in 10 areas.

    The research team found that only a third of councils are well prepared for …

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