See the new blog post on Managing health and care in an ageing society, from Manchester Policy Blogs: Devo
Health and social care delivery needs to change substantially to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing society, argues Professor Neil Pendleton.
Lifespan is increasing and we know that our health and social needs become more complex as we age. We also know this changing demographic is generating huge challenges for our health and social care system, which can struggle to meet even acceptable standards of care for frail older adults. So how do we respond?
As a hospital consultant, I agree that we can and must do better for older people. Most commentators are calling for radical system change, but what is needed? What are the opportunities presented by devolution and the integration of health and social care in areas such as Greater Manchester? And what improvements can we expect?
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