Older hospital patients face "widespread and systematic" pattern of poor care

  • UK

27th July 2015, London School of Economics

London School of Economics

Older hospital patients in England face a “widespread and systematic” pattern of inadequate care. An estimated one million people in later life are affected by poor or inconsistent standards of dignity or help with eating in hospitals, according to a detailed statistical analysis of inpatient experience data in NHS hospitals in England.

Research from the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at London School of Economics broke down data in the Adult Inpatient Survey for 2012-13 to provide a fresh detailed picture of older people’s reported experiences during hospital stays. Given that a substantial proportion of hospital patients in England are over the age of 60, this report provides critical new insights. Read more here.