MPs supporting OAP campaign

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THREE South Yorkshire MPs have written to a health boss supporting a campaign for pensioners to receive dignity when being cared for.

Denis MacShane, Kevin Barron and John Healey, who represent the Rotherham parliamentary constituencies, have made their plea to Peter Lee, chairman of Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the town’s hospital.

They said: “We strongly believe in the introduction of a UK-wide Dignity Code to uphold the rights and maintain the dignity of older people.

“We urge you to incorporate the Dignity Code as a checklist in all dealings with elderly patients.”

The Dignity Code is proposed by the National Pensioners’ Convention and includes use of formal terms of address, support for patients to maintain their hygiene and personal appearance, respect for their homes, living space and privacy, and the right to complain without fear of retribution.