The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) has said that the government must act on its proposals to improve dignity for the elderly in healthcare.
CSCI's chief inspector David Behan stated that he fully supports the government's hopes for elderly healthcare, outlined in the ten year National Service Framework (NSF) for Older People, that reached its halfway stage last week.
"The challenge is to turn ambition into action," he said.
"We all agree that older people should be treated with greater dignity - the challenge is to deliver it, day in, day out; to close the gap between policy and delivery."
He added that those who commission and provide services have to listen to elderly people, doctors and carers and then act upon it to ensure people’s needs are met.
"Consulting older people, involving and engaging them in designing the services they receive and respecting their views, is crucial if we are to treat them with dignity," he added.
Age Concern last week stressed that increased funds must be made available if the government is determined to improve the dignity of older people.