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GPs to help elderly patients at risk of loneliness under new pilot scheme


As GPs we are index are of how many of our elderly patients are lonely. In the past I used to encourage them to attend some of the very good local day centres in the area. But these were closed down due to cuts, Some were demolished and land sold to property developers for flats. There are few services for lonely old people. There are charities but they don't have many resources. It's very telling that the article doesn't mention what we are supposed to do as GPs for these lonely old people. And the fact that they admit there is no evidence base for this initiative. I like the weasel words " evidence informed" as opposed to "evidence based". Do they think we won't notice? I know what needs to be done to help the real problem of loneliness in old age - restore funding for social services, which has suffered a real terms cut of about 20% in funding for the elderly, and restore grants and support to charities.

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04 Jun 2016

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