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Michael Parkinson says care of elderly totally unacceptable
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:51 am 
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Former talk show host condemns standards in hospitals and care homes in his role as government's dignity ambassador.

Older people in hospitals and care homes are being left without enough food and drink in incidents that are "absolutely barmy and cruel beyond belief", Sir Michael Parkinson says today in a report on his work as the government's "dignity ambassador".

The former talk show host, who also speaks out about his mother's care in her final years suffering from dementia, described some homes he had seen as "little more than waiting rooms for death" and said he had been appalled by letters members of the public had sent him.

Detailing incidents he called "inexcusable and downright unacceptable", he told how one woman had written to him saying her mother had been left naked, covered in urine and in full view in a side room at a hospital, while others had complained of patients' use of alarm bells being ignored for so long that they soiled themselves. Read more


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