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'Our national shame': Health Secretary blasts British society’s neglect of its elderly

Publié par Clifford Armion le 18/10/2013

Oliver Wright

Up to a million elderly people are being consigned to a life of loneliness and ill health because of society’s shameful failure to take responsibility for older relatives, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will say today.
In a provocative speech, Mr Hunt will warn that too many old people are unnecessarily placed into care or left isolated in their own homes when they could be looked after by relatives. He will also call on Britain to learn from other cultures where “the social contract” between young and old is far stronger.
Mr Hunt’s comments, which have been welcomed by charities, represent the first time that the Government has waded into the controversial debate around society’s responsibility towards Britain’s growing elderly population.
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" 'Our national shame': Health Secretary blasts British society’s neglect of its elderly", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), octobre 2013. Consulté le 23/09/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/our-national-shame-health-secretary-blasts-british-society-s-neglect-of-its-elderly