Dr Peter J Gordon: Promises to listen to our elders [reblog]

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The “Care Standards for Older people in Hospital”, which replace the previous 13 year old standards, were published this month.


As a doctor working in NHS Scotland whose work for twenty years has been dedicated to our elders, I submitted feedback on the initial draft. I started out by saying:


With the recent  publication of Standards I wrote to the Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland commending the publication of the Standards and asking for clarification on the involvement of “older people” in the development of these NHS Scotland standards.


In the Scotsman, the Chair of the the group developing the Standards, Dr Christine McAlpine stated that “we need to involve patients”:

Care Standards 12 June 2015a

In this article, Dr MacAlpine said:

Care Standards by Dr MacAlpine1

The Editor of the Scotsman summarised:

Care Standards in Scotsman - 9 June 2015b

Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Dr MacAlpine have stated the following:


[please note: my appreciation is that 1345 may not actually represent 1345 separate individual comments. I say…

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