Will the lack of the long-awaited reforms to the care system for over-65s in England result in a rise in claims from elderly clients and their families?
The care system has not seen great changes since it was implemented decades ago when life expectancy was almost 10 years less than it is today. Therefore, the need for elderly support and care has risen.
A recent report has revealed older people requiring care are being left in need as local authorities feel the effects of budget cuts. The joint report from the King's Fund and Nuffield Trust charities found the number of over-65s receiving care from local authorities in England has dropped by a quarter over the four years up to 2014.
For more information on this, see: Elderly People Left in Need by Care Cuts
We have seen a rise in the number of claims brought by the elderly and their families over the last few years. These often follow months or even years of being passed between the NHS provider, social services and private nursing homes without a clear understanding of who will meet the patient’s needs.
Often, serious conditions are overlooked or it is assumed that someone else will take responsibility for looking after those who are vulnerable in society. Given the ageing population, we expect to see reports of these incidents continuing to increase, in the absence of significant policy changes.
Lindsay Holt is a principal lawyer specialising in clinical negligence and healthcare law at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.
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