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theguardian - 6 days ago

How the NHS can meet the demands of an ageing society | Letters

Ron Walton on the actions required to cut unnecessary admissions and long stays in hospital, and John Forsyth on the need for an integrated health and social care system to operate at a local level Bruce Keogh (The NHS rose to the challenge of Covid, but its next test may be even harder, 18 February) makes salient points about the post-pandemic NHS, with emphasis on older people. The six tests are useful, but his focus on digital technology does not reflect the needs of older people, many of whom do not use it. In fact at times, it seems an administrative deterrent to manage demand rather than to enable patients to access services. Will the NHS fund digital training for older people?His comments about keeping older people out of hospital are doomed unless four critical issues are dealt with: reform of the funding system for social doing away with the iniquitous system of “continuing healthcare”, classing those with dementia as not ill and robbing many older people of their life s raising the “carer’s allowance”, recognising that this care saves the NHS large sums every and moving healthcare staff from hospitals to the community, enabling GPs to provide a more comprehensive service. Continue reading...


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