An inquiry into the causes of abuse of older people and ways to
protect them will be launched by the House of Commons health select
The committee will look at the prevalence of older people abuse
and current research data on the issue. The inquiry will also
examine government strategies, standards and guidelines to see
whether or not they are adequate and effective.
Jonathan Ellis, policy manager for health and social care at the
charity Help the Aged, said: “Elder abuse is the hidden
relative of child abuse, but the scale of the problem all too often
“We hope that this inquiry will reveal the true extent of
the problem, and provide a framework to put a stop to this
scandalous treatment of our older population.”
The evidence session will take place in December.