Care of the elderly

13/10/11

Elderly patients in hospitals across England are subject to 'alarming' treatment, with some hospitals allowing patients to go hungry or ignoring them completely, according to a report published today.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out unannounced inspections of 100 hospitals across England and found only 45 to meet basic standards on providing adequate care to elderly patients.

In some cases the regulator discovered help bells placed out of patients' reach and some patients were subject to humiliation when staff neglected to properly close curtains during examinations and procedures.

Age UK is demanding the commission now carry out spot checks of hospitals on a regular basis and is lobbying for hospitals to publish rates of malnutrition on their wards.

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