Health Select Committee A&E winter planning inquiry

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Independent Age
Independent Age
Date of publication
1 August 2016
Older Adults, Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This is Independent Age's response to the Health Select Committee inquiry into A&E winter planning. It focuses on the impact on older people and concerns that winter pressures in A&E are symptomatic of wider problems within our health and social care systems.

Greater numbers of older people tend to visit A&E during the winter months. This reflects the fact that cold weather spells mainly affect the health of the elderly, the very young and the chronically ill. Older people tend to wait longer in A&E departments when they visit.

Independent Age is calling for a cross-party, independent commission which takes a strategic long-term view about the future of health and social care in England. Such a commission should look not just one or five years into the future, but to the kind of health and care services we want to have in twenty, thirty, or fifty years’ time.

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