Britain does not appear to care enough about older people and treat them with dignity when they become frail, according to a government watch dog in a damning verdict on the state of services for the elderly.
Andrea Sutcliffe from the Care quality commission describes her own sense of “utter distress” at the "shocking awful" conditions that her team of inspectors found in the worst care homes.
In an interview with the a national newspaper she warned that pensioners with dementia were being left in pain because of a worrying shortage of qualified nurses at one in five homes in England. She added that whiles there were some brilliant care homes with dedicated staff, the standards across the country was far too variable.
Inspectors were forced to close one home recently after finding distressed residents crying out for help and even uncovered cases in which care workers were found to have criminal convictions.
Decent care for the elderly is a basic human right.
We, the undersigned, call on the Prime Minister to establish Justice for the elderly!
We call for radical reforms to ensure that frail pensioners and disabled people, including those with dementia are treated with dignity and respect in a care system that the public can trust.
The Justice for the Elderly petition to Rt Hon David Cameron MP was written by carol a smith and is in the category Miscellaneous at GoPetition.