The potential to reverse disability by using a 'medical' model of diagnosis and treatment will be replaced by a 'social' model attempting to maintain such individuals in the community while their capabilities inevitably diminish. From April 1993 local authorities will find both purchasers and providers in the NHS unwilling to acknowledge the 'health' element of disability in the community.
The resultant increase in those entering residential care, or confined within their homes unneccessarily, will be expensive both financially and in human suffering.
Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine
St George's Hospital Medical School
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