Barbara has welcomed a report which calls for health and care services to change their working practices. The report highlights a culture which has led to a some shocking failures in the care of older people in NHS hospitals, in care homes and at home. The report by the Commission on Dignity in Care demands an end to the “persistent failings in the care system” and says more should be done to make sure health professional have the compassionate values needed to provide dignified care.
Last October, MPs held a debate at Westminster on NHS Care of Older People in which Barbara outlined an example from her experience as MP for Worsley. In the debate she called for a culture change in the way that the NHS cared for older people and also talked about the need for health professionals to listen to older people and to take account of feedback from families. The report on Dignity in Care makes similar recommendations.
“It is welcome that this report is calling for fundamental changes to the provision of care to older people. Last year, the Health Service Ombudsman reported a “picture of NHS provision that is failing to respond to the needs of older people with care and compassion, and to provide even the most basic standards of care”."
“As an MP I have taken up cases where older people have suffered unnecessary pain, indignity and distress even in the last few days of life when they wanted to die in peace and with dignity. I and other MPs have called for changes in leadership, management, training and accountability in NHS care for older people, all of which failed in a case I highlighted in Parliament."
“I will be raising the recommendations made in this report on the Health Select Committee next week and I hope that the Government will listen and take action on an important report on a very serious issue in Health and Social Care.”