Poor care for elderly people has been made worse by lack of training

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 30 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7737
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

Chronic underinvestment in care services in England and a culture of ageism have been key factors in the poor quality care meted out to elderly people in hospitals and residential homes, expert witnesses told an investigative panel on 24 November.

The comments were made on the day that the government published its new operating framework for the NHS, which strengthens the focus on dignified and compassionate care for elderly and vulnerable patients.

In her evidence to the Commission on Improving Dignity, which was set up to see how care could be improved, Helena Mckeown, chairwoman of the BMA’s committee on community care, cited the results of a BMA membership survey in 2008. This showed that 85% of …

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