Dr Ros Altmann, Saga, comments on Ombudsman's NHS report

Tuesday 15 February 2011

Dr Ros Altmann, Saga, comments on Ombudsman's NHS report

Dr Ros Altmann, Director-General of Saga, the over 50s group, commenting on The Report by the Parliamentary Ombudsman, said:

“The Report by the Parliamentary Ombudsman into standards of healthcare for the Elderly in England today is a shocking reminder that ageist attitudes are still rife in many quarters. “In other countries, the elderly are treated with respect and dignity and, in general, that happens in the UK too, but sadly far too often the lives of our older citizens can be blighted by lack of care or concern.

“When problems are discovered, it is essential they are put right quickly, but the Ombdusman's report suggests that, on too many occasions, this has not happened.

“Saga is calling for increased awareness of the value and needs of older generations. Whether it is those at the end of their lives who need to be looked after carefully, or those in their 50s who are struggling so much from economic and labour market failures, we urge policymakers to wake up to the need for more serious action.

“The Saga Quarterly Report, released on Monday, February 14, 2011, highlighted the worrying declines in quality of life for the over 50s in today's Britain and also showed that those not yet retired, as well as the lower socio-economic groups, are feeling the pinch worst of all.

“Policymakers seem to either assume that older people are fine and therefore focus their efforts on the young. Or they may assume that the elderly have nothing more to contribute and are not a high priority. Both of these attitudes are wrong and need urgent change.

“The Saga Quarterly Report, released on Monday, February 14, 2011, highlighted the worrying declines in quality of life for the over 50s in today's Britain and also showed that those not yet retired, as well as the lower socio-economic groups, are feeling the pinch worst of all.

“Policymakers seem to either assume that older people are fine and therefore focus their efforts on the young. Or they may assume that the elderly have nothing more to contribute and are not a high priority. Both of these attitudes are wrong and need urgent change.

-ENDS-

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