Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Our Elderly Generate Losses Not Profits
A damning report issued this week by the Health Service Ombudsman, criticised the care of the elderly in English hospitals. It is no surprise to a retired nursing friend who lives in England. She has been concerned for some time about reaching 65 (which is this year) because she knows her health trust treats the over 65s quite differently from younger generations. More than once she's said when we reach the magic 65 we will become second-class citizens in the eyes of the NHS.
I have told her I've seen no evidence of this here but that it's very obviously today's nurses are a different breed from the nurses of yesteryear. No longer is the overall wellbeing of patients paramount - their sole interest is the medical care of the patient. Nutrition, personal hygiene and emotional needs are not important. Part of this is because nurses now need to have university degrees which cannot assess their natural caring skills, but that's not the only reason.
Money is the main reason our elderly's wellbeing is way down the list. There's no money generated from nursing the elderly. Dr Grumble and a GP explain their findings.
I'm more than grateful I live in an area where the elderly are treated with as much respect as others. Also I'm more than grateful that the Scottish government refuse to go down the privatisation road, but maybe they will be forced to do so before long. Why should I feel so grateful when, looked at objectively, I have paid my health insurance all my adult life. It's a scary time to be reaching the magic age of 65 - particularly for those who live in England.