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Dear Mirror: The BIG issue - Respect our aged.

Byline: Liam Byrne

AFTER a hip operation, social services gave 75-year-old Maureen Hayes (right), of Bournemouth, a grocery bag containing tea bags and some margarine, and left her to fend for herself at home. Readers believe the elderly deserve more respect...

WE all want a Britain where we have dignity for life.

That's why the government has increased adult social services funding by pounds 850million and is investing almost pounds 250m in research and development into the needs of older people.

But we have got further to go. A health and social care White Paper will also plan reform of social services to help put older people at the centre of care.

Liam Byrne

Care Services Minister
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 28, 2005
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