New elderly care plans backed by Gosport MP

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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed government plans to provide more personal and compassionate care for older people.

Ms Dinenage said she supported the announcement of The Vulnerable Older People plan by the health secretary Jeremy Hunt MP.

It is due to be unveiled this autumn and it will seek to improve care and support for older people in emergencies.

It also aims to break down the barriers to joined-up care.

The over-70s make up 35 per cent of all Aaccident & emergency admissions but the government said putting older people in hospital is often not the best course of treatment.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘I’m delighted that the government has reaffirmed its commitment to improving the care offered to older people.

‘Many vulnerable patients end up in hospital when they could be far better looked after in other places.’

In a bid to prevent people selling homes to fund care, a bill announced in the Queen’s Speech will see a £72,000 cap on social care payments by elderly people in England.