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Ageist attitudes harming elderly care

27th March 2012

A review by the King's Fund has suggested that elderly people are not getting an adequate standard of care because of "ageist attitudes".


The report warned that some elderly people were not being tested for diseases such as cancer and some conditions which could be treated, such as depression, were not being dealt with.

The King's Fund report was written based on research collected from staff and patients. It follows studies from the Care Quality Commission and The Patients Association which condemned "shocking standards" of elderly care.

The think tank's review said language used by doctors and nurses was "ageist". It said elderly people did not always get the same standard of treatment as younger people and underlined the use of terms such as "bed blocker" by doctors.

The report said the NHS was guilty of passing elderly people around wards "like parcels".

Report author Jocelyn Cornwell said: "The health and social care system system has failed to keep pace with changing health needs. It needs a radical rethink from top to bottom."

Michelle Mitchell, from Age UK, added: "Health services cannot deliver high-quality services unless older people are treated as individuals and their care is co-ordinated. This is what a modern health service needs to deliver."

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