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Poor NHS care could tempt elderly to seek private medical cover

Published on 12/11/2010
A new report has highlighted the poor standard of care offered to the elderly in NHS hospitals, something that could encourage more people to seek private medical cover.

According to an investigation by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death, just 36 per cent of elderly patients received care that was classed as 'good' by advisors.

Its report, entitled An Age Old Problem, looked into the standard of care of elderly patients in the NHS when undergoing surgery.

Researchers looked at the cases of 820 patients over the age of 80 who had died within 30 days of a surgical procedure carried out between April 1st and 30th June 2008.

Its findings, which the report said made for "depressing reading", included that 44 per cent of patients received care that could have been improved and six per cent received care that was less than satisfactory.

In addition, in 68 per cent of cases, patients were not reviewed by elderly care specialists, despite this being recommended procedure for more than a decade.

Commenting on the report, Michelle Mitchell, charity director at Age UK, said: "This report is a stark reminder that far too often older people in the UK receive second or even third rate care in hospital, condemning many of them to an early death."
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