NHS framework sets out need to care for the elderly
Posted on 29 November 2011
As part of a new national framework, the NHS will have to step up its care for the elderly.
Despite being in a time of funding cuts, the Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2012/13 overhauls the systems and requirements in place for caring for those elderly people in need.
Its key aims are to increase care standards while at the same time maintaining financial stability.
The framework includes new requirements on areas of basic care, a new strategy on dementia and more regular inspections from the regulator.
NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson said that the 2011/12 Operating Framework has shown "encouraging early signs" but he expected the new requirements to push the NHS' good work much further.
"This NHS Operating Framework makes clear that blanket restrictions on procedures or minimum waiting times that do not take account of healthcare needs of individual patients are not acceptable," he said.
"We must continue to focus on quality and productivity together and to plan for the long term if we are to succeed."
Despite fears over cuts, the NHS recently said that it is committed to caring for those suffering with dementia.
Posted by Paying for Care Editorial Team