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Resolving the health and social care crisis requires a focus on care for older people

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p97 (Published 13 January 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p97

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Re: Resolving the health and social care crisis requires a focus on care for older people

Dear Editor,

Drs Pearson, Winter and Henderson summarise major threats to geriatrics in the UK. Larger societal issues are also at play. Baby Boomers have fewer family members - let alone nurses - to provide care. And, as heart disease and cancers become treatable, many will dement long before dying. Meanwhile, emergence of voluntary assisted dying may, paradoxically, alter what is perceived as appropriate intervention for people with morbidity. Some influential doctors - such as Dr Ezekiel Emanuel - already advocate that over-75s choose to agree to no major health interventions. It is a brave new world - and for many elderly, lonely and unwell people - a very sad one.

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/health/2023/01/21/ezekiel-emanuel-medical...

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 January 2023
Michael C Copeman
Oncologist
Sydney, Australia