Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to the Care Quality Commission’s ‘Dignity and Nutrition Inspection Programme’ findings, said:
“It is completely unacceptable for any older person in a hospital or care home not to get help with eating, drinking or going to the toilet, and not to have their privacy properly respected.
“Treating older people with dignity must be a top priority from the bedside to the Boardroom. Our hospitals and care homes need enough staff who are properly trained, particularly in issues like dementia.
“Instead of focusing on these issues, the Government has wasted £3 billion on a backroom NHS reorganisation and cut 4000 frontline nurses. Our older people deserve better.”