Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) point out that services for older patients are easy targets for NHS Trusts trying to balance their books, and elderly care services are bearing the brunt of NHS cuts. They have produced a ‘Pensioners’ Leaflet’, equally useful for other groups, outlining our rights to a public consultation before any decision can be taken about reducing or closing services, and what to do if your NHS Trust does not consult properly. See http://www.keepournhspublic.com/pdf/PensionersLeaflet.pdf .
“We made three mistakes that I regret, the first being restructuring the NHS. The rest are minor.”— unnamed Senior Conservative Cabinet Minister