Di Galpin

The names of places where the most vulnerable in society are cared for belies the reality of ‘care’ for many, names like ‘Winterbourne View’ and ‘Hillcroft’ are inaccurate and misleading,  ‘Guantanamo Bay View’ might be more representative of the care some will receive

Yet more dismal headlines, again!  This time it’s Hillcroft Nursing Home, it’s a simliar story to many others, elderly people  in care home abused by staff.  Am I shocked ……. sadly no.  What I am shocked at is the complacency of this government on this issue.

In 2010 the Royal Medical Colleges concluded inadequate hospital care for older people condemed many to death.  In 2011 The Health Service Ombudsman  suggested the NHS was inflicting pain and suffering on older people, and was indifferent to older people.  In 2012 Bingham  suggested the  treatment of older people in care is now so bad in many cases it meets…

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About digalpin

I gained my social work qualification from the University of Southampton and worked for 14 years in mental health, disability and older people services. I am currently a senior lecturer in post-qualifying social work at Bournemouth University and am conducting research on government and societal attitudes and responses to the mistreatment of older people in health and social care provision for my doctorate. My views are my own.

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