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PCTs flout guidelines on elderly care

Thousands of older people who need care because of chronic illness are being neglected by the NHS, despite the introduction of Government guidelines to make access fairer.

Figures obtained by the charity Age Concern show ‘black spots' exist in PCTs where continuing care of older people is exceptionally poor – including Derby City, Harrow, Gloucestershire and Coventry Teaching PCT.

In an answer to a Parliamentary question, health under secretary Ivan Lewis admitted that Between Q4 2006-07 and Q1 2007-08 the number of people getting continuing care in England fell from 30,975 to 24,952.

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