Age UK response to Quest for Quality report
Published on 29 June 2011 04:30 PM
Age UK response to the BGS report Quest for Quality
In response to the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) new report, Quest for Quality: inquiry into healthcare for care homes, published 00.01 30 June 2011, Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said:
'The fact that up to 400,000 older people living in care homes, who could benefit greatly from good quality healthcare, are being offered a second rate health service is yet another example of how older people are consistently failed in so many areas of their care.
'Too often responsibility for care home residents' health needs falls between gaps in the system and end up being ignored. A lack of regular contact with a GP is not only bad for patients, it also increases pressure on more expensive out of hours and emergency services.
'Age UK welcomes the British Geriatric Society's recommendations for improving the care available to some of the most vulnerable people in society. The NHS locally can not claim to be offering a comprehensive service if the needs of care home residents are not taken more seriously.
'As the Government reforms the NHS, Health Minister Andrew Lansley and Care Minister Paul Burstow must ensure the new NHS Commissioning Board takes responsibility and shows clear leadership on this issue. We cannot continue to let down older people living in care homes in this way.'
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