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February 2012

Elderly care

The Government has pledged to pour in another £150 million to improve care for elderly people, amid continued reports of poor treatment given out in geriatric wards.
    According to the BBC, ministers allocated the extra money for patients to get care at home, after warnings that local authority cuts were exacerbating a care crisis in the making.
    Another £20m will be directed to the disabled facilities grant, to help people live independently at home. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley made the additional cash from efficiency savings in his budget. At the beginning of 2012, charity Age UK warned spending cuts could leave older people with ‘absolutely no support at all’.
    Meanwhile, the King’s Fund think-tank has warned that older people are unnecessarily taking up hospital beds, threatening NHS efficiency savings targets. The warning came after several independent reports exposed poor treatment of elderly folk in UK nursing homes.

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