Reacting to a new Patients Association report which says older care home residents are unnecessarily left in pain, Deborah Klee, policy manager at Help the Aged, said: "This is another example of the inherent discrimination that older care home residents are subjected to by our NHS. It is the responsibility of local Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and GPs to ensure that older care home residents have access to specialist medical supervision, especially for long term conditions such as arthritis. "Instead, older people end up 'cut off' from their GP of choice once they enter a care home and not given the same medical priority as people living in their own home. Efficient medicine management is vital to ensure that when people are prescribed medication to manage their pain, they receive the correct dose at the right time. "Care staff have a duty of care to ensure that older people get the proper medication they need on time but they are under enormous pressure in a vastly under-funded and forgotten sector. The Government must make it a priority to ensure the NHS takes responsibility to provide medical care for older people living with painful conditions in care homes. This isn't just a case of poor standards on behalf of the NHS, it is a breach of human rights and goes against the grain of the Government's recent 'dignity' campaign."
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