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UK 'needs a plan to care for ageing population'

UK 'needs a plan to care for ageing population'
25th February 2013

A forthcoming report into the ageing population of the UK is set to warn that there is not a suitable plan in place able to cope with the increase in the amount of people over the age of 65.

Lord Geoffrey Filkin has chaired a Lords committee that will next month return the results of its investigation into the group of society above retirement age.

Ahead of this, the Guardian has reported the committee has found half of people born in 2007 will live to be over 100, the number of people over 65 will increase by 51 per cent by 2030 and the number of people over the age of 85 will double in the same timeframe.

However, Lord Filkin has criticised the NHS for failing to make forecasts for the period between 2020-2030, where hospitals, care homes and specialist services are set to be hit by a "crisis".

The committee heard the Nuffield Trust think tank predicts a 32 per cent increase in the number of older adults with moderate or severe disabilities and an increase of 32-50 per cent in the amount of over-65s diagnosed with chronic diseases.

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