NHS: Hospital Patient Maltreatment — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:15 pm on 16th March 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Howarth of Breckland Baroness Howarth of Breckland Crossbench 3:15 pm, 16th March 2011

My Lords, perhaps I may raise a more institutional issue about the hospital service. How many elderly and disabled people are languishing in hospital beds because there is no alternative-an alternative either in good residential care with or without nursing or in their own homes with a care package? I understand from a report I heard recently that there are hundreds of old people who could be moved on. It is when they languish in those beds that this kind of poor care develops, and I, like the noble Baroness, Lady Knight, have anecdotally heard of people who say, "Just don't get old these days".