It is a year to the day since I first started writing about the appalling treatment many older people receive in our hospitals. See the earlier posts in the Tag Cloud under the title “Neglect Shames Britain “. There could not be a more significant date to highlight the debt society owes to this older generation, yet, sadly they who gave us so much are being repaid in words not deeds.
Since November last year there have been a string of drammatic headlines :-
” A AGE OLD PROBLEM “
“ NEGLECT SHAMES BRITAIN “
” ELDERLY PATIENT’S DYING OF THIRST “
These have been supported by properly researched reports, undercover investigations and a host of relative complaints. Then later, they have been confirmed by CQC visits. There is an accompanying chorus of agreement from politicians , elderly organisations and celebrities.
Promises of new iniatives to help solve the problems abound :- Independant Matrons Health Watch Organisations, New Help Lines.
Meanwhile, one year on, nothing has changed. Older people are still dying unnecessarily in hospitals and poor quality care is still the expectation and reality for many patients.
It is a good job the Second World War wasn’t fought this way !