"Our research of more than 10,000 over 50s clearly shows that patients would welcome one person they can go to for information about their medical conditions. GPs are one of the most trusted professions, and it is therefore no surprise that 71% of people wanted to see their GP have more responsibility for their overall health and social care needs.
“However, whilst this works in the community when you have a hospital admission it can be confusing and disorientating for people of any age. Often the patient and their family find themselves struggling to get the answers they sorely need. Having a named consultant is a great step in putting the patient back at the heart of receiving medical care in a hospital environment.
Saga populus interviewed 10,045 Saga customers aged over 50 between 20th and 26th September 2013. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules