These pressures can not be used as an excuse to deliver poor care.
Health and care services need to rise to the challenge of responding to the increasingly complex conditions suffered by our ageing population.
That means delivering care that is based on the person's needs, not care that suits the way organisations work.
It also means that different services need to work well together in an integrated way that meets the best interests of the people who use these services.
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