Di Galpin

For some patient groups replacing values such as dignity and respect with ‘value for money’ has reduced patients, in particular older people, to a percentile of spending of tax payers money, rather than being viewed as actual people, people who at some point may require care, help and support

The BBC expose poor patient care on Panorama, whilst earlier this year The Telegraph suggests the treatment of older people in care is now so bad that it meets the legal definition of torture according to the Governments own human rights watchdog. How many more news reports do we have to watch and read before society and government decide to react positively and engage in change, or have we reached the point of ‘compassion fatigue’?

Sadly this is not new to many of us who have worked in the care sector. Yet our voices have gone unheard, leading to many…

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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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