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Without a care in the world


In a world where private nursing and care homes are closing down, where social work funding is in crisis and hospitals cannot clear beds of elderly patients, the healthcare specialists interviewed by NCE must be living in cloud cuckoo land (NCE last week).

There is a major problem with the idea of remote monitoring of people - the Human Rights Act. The Act already stops social care workers from using readily available technology for monitoring the movements of people with dementia who are perfectly happy at home but who have a habit of wandering off and getting lost.

Even if construction of hospitals stops there will need to be a major increase in government run nursing and care homes to look after the ever increasing elderly population who do not have family to look after them.

At present privately run care homes can not afford to stay open on the fees paid by local authorities, never mind keep their premises up to date with current legislation.

There is definitely a long way to go before the need for hospitals with large bed capacity becomes redundant.

Michael Woods (AM), senior engineer, WSP Development, Croythorn House, 23 Ravelston Terrace, Edinburgh EH4 3TP

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