Too obvious?

A recent bmj article  quoted the NHS Commissioning Board’s Chief Executive, Sir David Nicholson, as saying that hospitals were very bad places for old, frail people – ‘Alternatives to hospital for older people must be found, says NHS Chief’(Nigel Hawkes, http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f453) and referred to people with dementia to emphasise the drive to take “large amounts” of care out of hospitals and into the community. “We need to find alternatives,” he said. “We need to put as much focus on that as we do on telling nurses to be more compassionate.”

But a professor of ageing, Marion E T McMurdo, suggests a radical solution and asks why not ‘make hospitals good places for old people’. More at: http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f867

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About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.
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