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Dignity code proposed for elderly

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Campaigners are calling for a new code of rights for the treatment of older people.

The National Pensioners Convention (NPC) wants all hospital trusts, local authorities and care homes to introduce a dignity code that will provide a number of minimum standards for the treatment of older people.

The code has already been widely supported by both those in the care sector and across the political spectrum.

Gibson, NPC general secretary, said: "every week we are struck by another headline which reveals the neglect and ill-treatment of all the people either in their own home, a care home or hospital. This has got to stop.

"Much of what the dignity code calls for is to treat individuals as human beings, rather than as second-class citizens who can have their wishes and feelings ignored and overlooked."

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