NHS reforms 'should help older people'

NHS reforms 'should help older people'

Care for older people must be at the heart of NHS reforms, according to one charity, which could mean a focus on age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Age UK has said that the UK's rising life expectancy mean that the government should consider the older generation when making its cuts.

Charity Director Michelle Mitchell said that monitoring the impact of the cuts on older people and that the reforms could be a chance to improve treatment of older people.

"Health outcomes, such as cancer survival rates, have not improved as much for people over the age of 75. The forthcoming reforms present a unique opportunity to eradicate the serious barriers older people face in accessing high-quality care and achieving optimum health outcomes."

This comes after mental health charity Mind said that the NHS reforms must not put the quality and continuity of UK mental health treatment at risk.

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