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Letters Older people and hospitals

Make hospitals good for older people

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 13 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f867
  1. Marion E T McMurdo, professor of ageing and health1
  1. 1University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK
  1. m.e.t.mcmurdo{at}

David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS Commissioning Board, asserts that “Hospitals are very bad places for old, frail people” and suggests alternatives must be found.1 Perhaps then the solution to nurses’ lack of compassion might be to admit to hospital only patients who do not need compassion.

Here is a radical suggestion—make hospitals good places for older …

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