Oldest people are most likely to experience care abuse, shows report

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 07 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5469
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

People aged 85 and over are the group most at risk of abuse and neglect, official figures published by the NHS in England have shown.

Its Safeguarding Adults Annual Report for 2015-16 gives information on numbers of cases of abuse investigated by councils in that period.1 This is the first time that such information has been published since local authorities were given new duties under the Care Act 2014, which came into force last year.

The report showed that 102 970 people had inquiries opened under section 42 of the act (the equivalent of referrals under the previous system) in 2015-16.

Most section 42 inquiries (63% (65 085)) were undertaken for adults aged 65 and over. Of this …

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