MP reassured over elderly care

25566 - 1 Mark Menzies MP

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has received assurances from the Health Secretary over care for the elderly during a debate in Parliament.

Mr Menzies recently spent an afternoon at Lytham’s Fernbank Surgery and was impressed after hearing about preventative work surrounding elderly patients which is often carried out by GPs and local nursing staff and relieves the pressure on A&E departments.

Following the visit, he raised the issue of elderly care with the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in Parliament.

Mr Menzies said: “My constituency has a high proportion of elderly people. What steps is the Secretary of State taking to reduce admissions of elderly people to hospital this winter?”

Jeremy Hunt replied: “We are doing a very great deal and the £400m announced to help the NHS through the winter is a record amount.

“My hon. Friend will be pleased to know that a lot of that money is being spent not inside A&E departments but in the community to help GP practices, and to try to recognise properly that for many older people—particularly vulnerable people with dementia —a busy A&E department is not the best place to go when something goes wrong, and if we possibly can we should avoid it.”

Following the debate, Mr Menzies added: “I was heartened by the minister’s response as he too recognises that GPs have a vital role in ensuring older people are aware of the correct type of care they need and where that is available. That often may not be at their local hospital.

“While I was at the surgery I spoke to GPs and nursing staff who do an amazing job on the frontline of our health services and I want to see the Government doing all it can to make sure they are in the best position possible to carry out those roles.”

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