Elderly Patients Denied Basic Care

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The elderly are among the most vulnerable groups of patients in the NHS, and it is suggested that they are being increasingly failed by the very system they should be able to depend upon when they need it most.  Low levels of qualified staff and an increasing number of unregulated health care assistants are cited as contributing to the problem, however there are inevitably organisational issues needing to be addressed.

As a nurse myself I have had the pleasure of working with many dedicated and caring individuals within the NHS across the healthcare professions who make a daily difference in the lives of their patients, however I am saddened that this problem seems to be a growing one and there appears to be no clear plan to redress this nor appropriate emphasis placed upon it.  My philosophy is always to treat clients as I would like my friends or relatives to be treated.  Whilst I understand from first hand experience the pressure faced by NHS staff, there is always time to treat people with the basic kindness and respect they deserve.

Sam Ward

Nurse Adviser and Medical Researcher

Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Team

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