CHARITIES have welcomed a Government pledge to ensure dignity for older people in hospital and nursing home care.
New measures will toughen up inspections and give hospital nurses responsibility for making sure that older people's views are always taken into consideration.
There are also plans to promote the use of the complaints system and make patients aware of their rights.
Age Concern and Help the Aged called on ministers to implement the measures as soon as possible.
The plans were launched by Prof Ian Philp, National Director for Older People, and Care Services Minister Liam Byrne.
They are part of the second half of the Government's 10-year plan, the National Service Framework for Older People.
Institutions will be expected to show their commitment to providing care that focuses on dignity and respect for the older person.
"Where it's apparent that there are no robust systems in place, that's when there will be follow-up inspection visiting," Prof Philp said.