MP seeks reassurances over care of the elderly

February 22, 2011 12:08 PM

MP Tom Brake has voiced his disappointment and concern over a recent report investigating the treatment of patients on NHS wards. The report, produced earlier this month by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, exposed in particular the worrying quality of care of vulnerable and elderly patients and illuminated "the felt reality of being an older person in the care of the NHS in England."

Tom said: "The NHS should reflect the principles of human rights, in particular respect, equality and dignity. On the whole, that is our experience of the health service. However, it is clear that there are still tragic cases where the needs of the most vulnerable are not being met. It is shameful, but sadly not surprising. I have in the past had to raise my constituent's complaints with hospitals and the Care Quality Commission."

One study in the report focused on the care one elderly lady received from her GP and also at Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and who later died. Tom said: "My deepest sympathies are with her family. This case and the report are very depressing and disappointing."

He continued: "I have written to the Minister for Health Simon Burns asking what action the Government will take in light of this report, and what assurances he can give to ensure that the standards we expect are always met."

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