NHS geriatric care criticised

Elderly care on offer from the NHS has been criticised by an expert.

Peter Crome, professor of geriatric medicine at Keele University, said that there needs to be a complete change in the way in which the public health service approaches care for older people.

He explained: "A lot of policies are around negative stereotypes of older people in hospitals; older people are bed-blockers, it's all social services fault because they won't arrange their discharges, we must do all we can to stop older people coming into hospital.

"So these are all negative comments that are made frequently by policy makers and senior practitioners. That change of course will require training, commitment and leadership."

The comments follow a recent report published by the Health Service Ombudsman, which suggested that the NHS is failing to treat older people with care, dignity and respect.

Meanwhile, Bupa has warned that the UK risks a shortfall of nearly 100,000 care home beds over the next decade if councils' adult social care budgets are not ring-fenced. 

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