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DoH promotes dignity agenda in care

17th June 2008

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced that the care services minister has visited Manchester as part of his national tour to guarantee that those using health and care services are treated with respect and dignity.

During his visit in Manchester, Ivan Lewis will also listen to local experts to garner their views on shaping the future of care and support services.

Launched last year, the Dignity in Care campaign aims to equip and inspire people to enhance care standards and encourage people to spread best practice and give advice to other social care and health workers, becoming to dignity champions.

The government has announced plans to double the number of dignity champions to over 300 by the end of the year and appointed Sir Michael Parkinson as National Dignity Ambassador to raise the profile of the programme.

Mr Lewis said: ” People want – and have a right to expect – services with dignity and respect at their heart. We’ve invested 117 million pounds to help, but this isn’t just about money.

“I want NHS and Social Care services to apply a simple test – if it wouldn’t be good enough for my mother and father why should it be good enough for someone else’s? “

He added that a quarter of the adult population will be over the age of 65 in 20 years’ time while the number of people over 85 will have doubled, increasing the number of those needing care and support.

In April 2008, the Royal College of Nursing said that dignity should be at the centre of nursing, rather than an optional extra or afterthought.

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