A look at the arguments against having a health and social care commission.
Anna Goodman, one of our Technical Advisers writes about why we need to act now to fix hospital discharge practices.
Newspapers have enjoyed the recent spat caused by Jeremy Paxman’s view that pensioners are ‘virtual corpses’ on the verge of ‘incontinence and idiocy’. They have missed however a far more extreme and worrying exchange that has been playing out in the pages of The Oldie magazine.
Guest blogger Clenton Farquharson MBE, from the community interest company Community Navigator Services, gives a very personal account of why a care quality strategy is important. He writes as someone who needs care and support and looks at the difference it would it make to himself and others.
There are questions we need to ask about NHS weekend care – let’s help managers and doctors to answer them
There was a telling moment during Jeremy Hunt’s appearance on The Marr Show yesterday when he said that hip operations are not carried out at weekends. His comment drew an immediate response from Glasgow GP and voice of Radio 4’s Inside Health programme Margaret McCartney: “Emergency hip operations are done at the weekend. Oh dear”.
This feels like a defining year for many of the issues affecting older people, most obviously health and social care. These are personal views and not necessarily those of Independent Age, and there will be plenty here about which people will disagree. That’s how it should be – if we’re going to have real debate we need more diverse views, not greater uniformity.