Patients and doctors were conspicuous in their absence
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Wednesday 16 February 2011
It is not enough to be shocked at the report by the Health Service Ombudsman into the care of old people in Britain's hospitals, which found thousands of examples of patients who were left hungry, thirsty, unwashed, in soiled clothes, and without adequate pain relief. We have had report after report, and platitude after platitude in official responses, but nothing seems to change. Why? It is not a question of money. New Labour has pumped billions in extra resources into healthcare.
Wednesday 19 January 2011
A Chinese carer has been badly injured after clinging on to a patient's wheelchair as it plunged down a shop travelator.
Saturday 15 January 2011
The ordeal faced by the grandmother of the Independent columnist Johann Hari as she was shunted between residential homes over 10 years was condemned as appalling last night by the Care Services minister.
Saturday 15 January 2011
We led yesterday's Independent with Johann Hari's harrowing account of his grandmother's 10-year peregrination through what passes for a care home system.
Wednesday 05 January 2011
A man who is 102-years old is the oldest person to have his DNA stored on the national database.
Sunday 14 November 2010
Friday 12 November 2010
In our live webTV show Arlene Phillips and Ian Scott from charity WRVS offer advice for helping your elderly relatives and neighbours through the winter months.
Saturday 30 October 2010
A scheme allowing people who help the elderly or disabled to earn time credits for their own care later in life is being considered by ministers, it emerged today.
Monday 11 October 2010
The quality of meals served to old people is set to improve – at least that is the aim of guidelines published today. They advise how many calories each meal should contain as well as advice on key ingredients, such as fruit and vegetables, salads and protein.
Monday 04 October 2010
Plenty of children in theatre are played by 25-year-old actors trying to look naive.
Wednesday 29 September 2010
Hundreds of elderly people and younger adults with disabilities may have been abused or put at risk by inadequate care homes and agencies, a regulator has warned.
Saturday 18 September 2010
Duck eggs are suspected of causing an outbreak of salmonella which has struck down dozens of people and may have killed a pensioner.
Friday 03 September 2010
Friday 30 July 2010
Whether you are shoved up against someone's armpit or stuck next to a touchy-feely couple, there is nowhere quite like the tube for being up close and personal. Now Knocked for Six, a writing collective who met last year on the Royal Court's Unheard Voices programme, have turned their tube experiences into an evening of short plays entitled End of the Line: Tales on the Tube.
Monday 21 June 2010
Falls among elderly people cost the NHS more than £4.6m a day, new analysis has found. About 3.4 million people over the age of 65 fall each year in the UK – or almost one in three. Almost half of all falls are among the over-80s, half of whom fall again in the following year.
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