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Cuts to district nursing threaten elderly care

An independent report has revealed that cuts to district nursing mean older people are turning to acute hospital care.

Industry experts, including the RCN, contributed to research conducted by Christie & Co, which found that the number of district nurses has dropped by 44% since 2010.

With an ageing population, this loss of preventative social care has a huge impact on both patient wellbeing and the emergency care services. The growing lack of community care has resulted in many elderly people attending A&E departments instead, with a 65% increase noted since 2008.

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