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Dignity Code called for to protect elderly

23rd February 2012

Politicians and charities have called for nurses and care workers to sign a Dignity Code guaranteeing that elderly patients are treated with respect.

A letter to the Daily Telegraph, signed by 21 public figures including Care Minister Paul Burstow and his Labour shadow Liz Kendall, claims pensioners are too often patronised, humiliated, denied privacy or even medical treatment. In England there are 400,000 people living in care homes and another two million elderly people need occasional help from carers and nurses.

 

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