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Author: Age NI
Published on 19 March 2014 01:00 PM

Linda Robinson, Age NI Acting Chief Executive, commented, ‘Age NI is shocked, but not surprised, by the recent media reports about the appalling, inhumane and  poor treatment of older people while in our hospitals. Sadly, these are not isolated incidents.’

‘Older people are members of our society who are most likely to need hospital treatment. Many are frail with complex care needs and possibly dementia. We need to ensure that our hospitals are equipped to care for such vulnerable people in later life. The NHS must also ensure that its staff – every doctor, nurse and healthcare assistant - has the proper skills to care for older people.’

‘The recent tragedies in England such as the Mid Staffordshire Inquiry must not happen in Northern Ireland. Sadly, it seems that many of these issues are being experienced by older people here.’

‘Furthermore, the Commission on Dignity in Care for Older People report Delivering Dignity recognised that undignified care of older people does not happen in a vacuum, it is rooted in the discrimination and neglect evident towards older people…’

‘Age NI is on record calling for a review of age discrimination across health and social care to help identify exactly where discrimination is happening on the grounds of age. It is vital that the age discrimination legislation promised in the Programme for Government is brought forward urgently.’

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575