Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Promises to simplify elderly care not kept, say MPs

Experts say many elderly people are left confused by the current care system, in which they have to repeatedly give their details. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA
Andrew Lansley's NHS reforms have failed to come up with the plans and the cash for an integrated system of health and social care to cope with an ageing population, a group of MPs said on Tuesday.

The health select committee says that elderly people are deeply reliant on public services, accounting for 50% of those in social housing, 70% of hospital beds and 91% of those needing nursing care.

Despite ministerial promises, the MPs say there is no "joined-up approach" to dealing with elderly people. The committee warns that "although the government has signed up to the idea of integration, little action has taken place to date. The committee does not believe the proposals in the health and social care bill will simplify this process."

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