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News - 12 October 2012

NHS must focus on the elderly

At the Conservative Party Conference this week, The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that NHS staff must become the "best in the world" at looking after the elderly and that it was time to change the culture of the organisation.

Mr Hunt, who said his father had worked as an NHS manager and his mother as an A&E nurse and midwife, replaced Andrew Lansley in the cabinet reshuffle last month.

The passing of the Health and Social Care Act will give GPs greater power over care budgets via clinical commissioning groups, after abolishing strategic health authorities and primary care trusts.

Ministers are looking at introducing a cap on the amount for which people are liable when funding their care in old age.

Mr Hunt said: "Last month the Royal College of Physicians published a report about the way older people are looked after in our hospitals. It said 'the system continues to treat older patients as a surprise, at best, or unwelcome at worst'.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“Mr Hunt recognised the wider challenge the NHS faces from an ageing population and the need for better solutions to dementia and social care.”

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