Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Where is the equality for older people?

An old man and his granddaughter were crossing the road together when they were struck by an oncoming vehicle.

By a bizarre coincidence, the injuries to grandfather and grand-daughter were identical. Both suffered severe, debilitating, long-term injuries.

After several weeks, the old man was transferred to a private nursing home, while his grand-daughter continued to be cared for by surgeons, qualified nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other professionals in hospital.

Fairly soon, the old man was presented with a bill for £2,000-plus for his monthly fee, rapidly followed by another and another.

His granddaughter, meanwhile, continued to benefit from a free health service.

Equality? Justice?

JOHN ORR

Seaforde, Co Down

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