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CSP backs ‘dignity spot checks’ in Wales

17 June 2011 - 5:22pm

Inspectors will carry out spot checks in hospitals to see that older people are treated with dignity, Welsh health minister Lesley Griffiths announced on 14 June.

The surprise spot checks on NHS hospitals will be carried out by the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, an independent watchdog for health services.

Zero tolerance

‘The Welsh Government is taking a zero tolerance approach to this issue,’ said Ms Griffiths.

‘It is never acceptable for older people to feel ignored or ill-treated while in hospital. I am committed to ensuring that they feel respected and are treated with dignity.’

As well as reviewing standards at hospitals, the Welsh Assembly Government will be working with NHS staff to enable them to spend more time with older patients.

Dignified care

The plans follow recommendations made in the report ‘Dignified Care?’, published by Ruth Marks, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, in April 2010.

Philippa Ford, CSP policy officer for Wales, was part of an independent expert reference group set up to consider the report.  She welcomed the new initiative.

 ‘CSP members need to know about these spot checks,’ said Ms Ford. ‘Dignity is relevant for the whole multidisciplinary team.’

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