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Review calls for major changes to care of older people to restore dignity

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 18 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4214
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

A major cultural shift is needed in health and social care services to guarantee older people the dignity they deserve but often don’t get, concludes a major review published on 18 June.

Changing the way that the NHS, the independent sector, and social care services design, fund, deliver, and monitor services for older people is essential, concludes the report, Delivering Dignity, the final report from the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People.1 The commission is an independent group set up by the NHS Confederation, the charity Age UK, and the Local Government Association, which published a draft report on these issues in February.2

The commission was set up in July last year after the publication in February …

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