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Manifesto calls for better pay and training for care home staff

The campaign group and charity Action on Elder Abuse has published a manifesto outlining five actions for protecting older people.

Nursing staff in care homes should receive better pay and training, according to a general election manifesto drawn up by a leading charity for older people.

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) lists five action points in its Manifesto to Protect Older People from Abuse which is being sent to MPs and parliamentary candidates in the run up to the general election.

The manifesto calls for care services ‘where staff are fairly paid, properly trained and managed’, more stringent regulation and inspection of care and hospital services, and tougher measures, including more prison terms, for people found guilty of abuse.

The charity is talking to politicians from all parties about what plans they have to protect vulnerable older people.

AEA chairman John Beer said: ‘For years, the abuse of older people has been covered up, ignored and marginalised, with greater protection often given to our pets than to older relatives or friends.

‘Action on Elder Abuse has been campaigning for more than two decades to fight this abuse and tackle a problem that is a major blight on our society.’

To view the manifesto click here

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