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Right care, right place, right time: How can we improve health and care for vulnerable older people?

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This site closed for comment on 27 Sept 2013. Your comments were used to test the proposals and refine the policy and health to ‘Transforming Primary Care’.

You can still use this site to read the comments from others.

 

Your views

Too many people are not getting the care they need to stay healthy and independent at home, particularly older people.

We proposed some radical improvements to make sure our most vulnerable and elderly have the support they need to keep them in better health and out of hospital.

We asked questions about these proposals to capture your views and make sure we got the proposals right.

By clicking on the questions above, this site allowed you to view the proposals, read what others were saying and give us your comments.

Your comments were used to test the ideas and refine the policy proposals.

Find out more about the exercise

 

Call to action

In June 2013, Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said:

“In 65 years, the NHS has quite simply done more to improve people’s lives that any other institution in our history. But too often the people it fails are its heaviest users – our most vulnerable and elderly.

“Too often these people end up in hospital not by design, but simply because they can’t get the care they need elsewhere.

“We need radical improvements to make sure our most vulnerable and elderly have the support they need to keep them in better health and out of hospital.

“This summer my department is seeking and encouraging your insight on a set of proposals that together will form a vulnerable older people’s plan.

“These proposals set out how to make improvements in primary care and urgent and emergency care.They also seek to establish ways for NHS and social care services to work together more effectively for the benefit of patients – in and out of hospital. We want to test these proposals and find the best ways to implement them.

“I look forward to hearing your views on how we can help all of us to enjoy a happier and healthier old age.”