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April 2012

Elderly care

Huge changes proposed to the National Health Service could jeopardise elderly care and other most vulnerable patients, according to the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF).
    In March, the East Anglian CMF organised a one-day event to discuss ‘Change or improvement: the NHS, my practice and me’. Dr Tim Lyttle, CMF member, used the book of Esther to encourage attendees to thrive and survive in the current NHS environment.
    A blog post written by Steve Fouch, head of allied professions ministries, on the CMF web site said, ‘It is a reflection of our society’s misplaced values that we have had to state what should be so obvious — but we are a society that increasingly seems to devalue the elderly and the disabled.
    ‘In the middle of finding £20 billion savings by 2015, coping with an ageing population and increasing costs for new treatments, the NHS is also facing the most fundamental redesign in its history.
    ‘Is this one challenge too many for an increasingly stressed and demoralised workforce? Or is it a vital change that could help secure the long term viability of our national healthcare system?’

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