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Many NHS hospital patients complain of lack of dignity

A fifth of people in hospital in England are not always treated with respect and dignity according to new research. Analysis of the 2012 poll has found that poor care was more likely to be experienced by those aged over 80. It also found that more than a third of patients who need help at […]

Low staffing levels harms elderly care nurses warn

The care of the elderly is being compromised in UK hospitals because there are too few nurses, according to the Royal College of Nursing.Research by the union suggested everything from basic communication to care for the dying was suffering. And it called for minimum staffing levels to ensure standards improved, arguing one nurse for every […]

Southern Cross residents need government rescue plan

David Cameron has been urged to step in with a “rescue plan” for more than 30,000 elderly care home residents as Britain’s biggest private care provider faces financial ruin. Elderly campaigners, charities and union leaders warned that the threat of collapse at Southern Cross Healthcare Group would be a “catastrophe” that could threaten the lives […]

OECD- UK’s huge elderly care bill threatens family ties

Britain faces one of the largest bills for elderly care of any leading industrialised nation, with rising costs threatening to undermine the bonds between parents and their children, a major international study has found. Research to be presented this week suggests that a combination of low birth rates and rising life expectancy will force the […]

NHS will collapse without urgent reform warns Saga

The NHS and social care services will “collapse” unless the Coalition’s health reforms are enacted because of growing demand from elderly people, Saga and Age UK have warned. Ros Altmann, director-general of Saga, said stalling reform was “not an option” due to growing numbers of the very old and frail. Michelle Mitchell, charity director of […]

10m alive in Britain today will live to be more than 100 years old

More than 10 million people alive today will live to be more than 100 years old official government figures expect. Ministers say people should prepare to spend more than a third of their lives in retirement due to the “staggering” rise in life expectancy. In the first official projection of its kind, the Department for […]

Intensive care beds disaster warning by Lancet

Intensive care bed experts believe there will not be more intensive care beds as health budgets shrink. The relatively low number of intensive care beds in UK hospitals means it is poorly prepared for major disasters, a report in the Lancet says. Critical care experts say there may be as few as 3.5 intensive care […]

Dementia cost to top 1% of GDP

Dementia care costs are rising fast with the costs associated with dementia amounting to more than 1% of the world’s gross domestic product this year at £388bn a report says.The World Alzheimer Report says this is more than the revenue of retail giant Wal-Mart or oil firm Exxon Mobil. The authors say dementia poses the […]