An investigation by the Care Quality Commission has discovered that some elderly people are being deprived of basic care and compassion by NHS staff.

100 hospitals were inspected throughout the investigation and results show that while budget cuts and over worked staff were factors they were not the only areas of concern in a failing system as staff attitudes and under-trained support staff and healthcare assistants also contributed.

However the news is not all bad, inspectors commented that they also witnessed elderly patients being treated with respect and dignity by NHS staff in some hospitals.

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