Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for improved care for elderly people by GPs. This section of the population could usually be treated more effectively and cheaply at home or in the community, yet their carers and families often consider there to be no practical alternative to hospital admission.
These changes have been proposed as one route to easing pressure on over-stretched emergency departments and improving care integration.
Jeremy Hunt calls for GPs to improve care for elderly. London: BBC News, September 10th 2013.
“Chris Ham, chief executive of the King’s Fund think-tank, believes the proactive approach taken by Mr Hunt is understandable”.
Read more: BBC News. A lot to shout about?.
Triggle, N. (2013). A lot to shout about? London: BBC Health News, September 11th 2013.