Elderly miss out on care

The care of vulnerable old people with multiple illnesses and disabilities is unsatisfactory, says professor of clinical geriatrics Marcel Olde Rikkert in Trouw on Wednesday.

The professor, who works at the university medical centre St. Radboud in Nijmegen, says not enough is known about how to treat these patients and more research is needed.
Olde Rikkert tells the paper he is speaking out because he is concerned about the financing of a proposed 10-year €85m research project on geriatric care.
The government is sending out signals that it will not finance the research, but will instead leave this to charities and the pharmaceutical industry, Olde Rikkert says. This means little is likely to happen, he claims.

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