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New UK study highlights need for greater elderly care investment

12th May 2011

A study conducted by Newcastle University has highlighted the growing need for investment in the UK's elderly care infrastructure.

According to the Newcastle 85 Plus study, the number of people aged over 80 in Britain currently stands at 2.6 million, a total that is expected to rise to 4.8 million by 2030.

One in five of these people is expected to require regular care, which will contribute to an 82 percent rise in the number of care home places needed in the UK by this time.

Carol Jagger, the report's co-author and professor of epidemiology of ageing at Newcastle University, said these findings show the need for greater investment in elderly care and research into healthy ageing.

She added: "The demographics are changing so much and so rapidly that action is needed now to prevent a major problem a few years down the line."

Earlier this year, a report from health service ombudsman Ann Abraham expressed concern that older patients are not currently being treated with dignity and respect in many areas of the NHS.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800530384-ADNFCR

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