Our response to CQC report on the standards of care that older people receive in hospital

Release Date: 13 October 2011

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Country: United Kingdom

The CQC today published a report into the standards of care that older people receive in hospital – and calls for a system-wide response to combat the failings identified.

Toby Williamson, Head of Development and Later Life at the Mental Health Foundation comments:

“We are extremely concerned to see that care standards for older people in hospital are still inconsistent. It is shocking that  some basic human rights related to dignity and nutrition are not met in many hospitals. This is unacceptable.

The failings identified in this report are furthermore alarming because most hospital patients are older people - two thirds of all hospital in-patients are over the age of 65 - and many of them are likely to die there. In addition, as many as 60% of older people in general hospitals, as opposed to specialist psychiatric hospitals, have dementia, depression or delirium, so it is imperative to ensure they are treated appropriately and with dignity as they are particularly vulnerable."