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Hospital discharge and the citizenship rights of older people: will the UK become a test-bed for Eastern Europe?

Authors:
FORD Deirdre, STEPNEY Paul
Journal article citation:
European Journal of Social Work, 6(3), 2003, pp.257-272.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

The authors draw on their UK and European experiences as well as the growing body of research on hospital discharges of older people to illustrate how citizenship rights and social justice cannot be upheld without ethical good practice in this field. Entitlements and ethical considerations can be obscured by the economic interests of the agencies involved. These developments which are already evident in other European welfare states provide a warning to Eastern Europe about the dangers of importing managerial and market principles into the field of care for older people. Research evidence supported by case studies is used to illustrate how rights to health care and even human rights can be overridden when policies of cost containment combined with efficiency targets begin to shape decisions about care. Argues that research can provide guidance on the essential elements for good practice in inter-professional work, especially concepts of well-being that include justice, fairness, participation and autonomy to counteract the jeopardised citizenship of older people.

Book

A generation in transition: older people's situation and civil society's response in East and Central Europe

Authors:
HINCHCLIFF Paul, HALL Celine
Publisher:
HelpAge International
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
38p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This booklet aims to provide decision-makers within government, local and national civil society organisations, regional agencies and older people themselves with the following: A snapshot of the real issues, as identified by older people themselves; A brief description of the response to these issues by civil society organisations and older people themselves; practical advice for service providers on starting to put older people at the centre of services; views of older people’s groups on how the state can complement - or take into account - their work; insight into the reality of life for older people, told in their own words; details of activities in which older people and those working with them in civil society are involved; and a declaration by members of the East and Central European Network to governments.

Book

Social policy review 10

Editors:
BRUNSDON Edward, HARTLEY Dean, WOODS Roberta
Publisher:
Social Policy Association
Publication year:
1998
Pagination:
304.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London

Collection of essays on social policy divided into two sections: developments in British welfare under New Labour; and international developments.

Book

Ageing, social security and affordability

Editors:
MARMOR Theodore R., DE JONG Philip R.
Publisher:
Ashgate
Publication year:
1998
Pagination:
365p.,tables,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Aldershot

Collection of papers looking at spending on pensions and medical care for older people and their place in the debate about the desirability and affordability of modern social programmes. Includes chapters on: social assistance in the member states of the European Union; the relationship between social and occupational security; an international comparison of legal indexation of social security benefits; the hidden liabilities of public pension plans in twelve EU countries; pensions in transition in the United States and Japan; transitional effects of a change in the Spanish pension system; financing old age in Singapore; pay as you go versus funded system of financing pensions in Central and Eastern Europe; pension system reform in Latin America; equity, cost containment and efficiency in health care; health care reform; the social and economic consequences of delaying a political decision concerning reform of health care in Poland; the role of government in the provision and financing of long term care for older people; the impact of the evolution of health expectancy in future public health care expenditure; and forecasts of future disabled and institutionalised US populations 195 to 2040.

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