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TG's Royal Patron to attend Birmingham AGM

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21 June 2011

THE Princess Royal will be in Birmingham on Friday (June 24) at the annual general meeting of the UK’s largest campaigning women’s group – the Townswomen’s Guild.

Princess Anne, who has been patron of TG for 30 years, will be present for discussion on NHS care of the elderly, prompted by the movement’s 2010 survey following complaints from members of a lack of appropriate, or even adequate, care for elderly and infirm relatives throughout the country.

TG’s findings were vindicated by Health Service Ombudsman Ann Abraham’s damning ‘Care and Compassion’ report in February this year which revealed “a personal and institutional attitude of failing to recognise humanity and dignity and failure to respond with sensitivity, compassion and professionalism.” And again by publication of the first 12 reports from The Quality Care Commission, whose inspectors’ unannounced visits found only half the NHS hospitals met essential standards and a quarter failed to meet even basic standards.

Following discussions, delegates will vote on behalf of TG’s 35,000 members and are likely to demand the Health Minister ensures that every hospital has on its staff, or has access to, a consultant geriatrician to oversee the training of staff in the welfare of elderly, frail and vulnerable patients.

Princess Anne will also hear Rebecca Stephens MBE, the first British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest and the first English-speaking woman to climb the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each continent). And Her Royal Highness will address the thousands of delegates at Birmingham’s ICC before
presenting awards, then meeting a number of guests.

“We are delighted Princess Anne is attending this year’s AGM and will be present for the discussions on one of our two major concerns this year – looking after the interests of the elderly in NHS,” said TG National Chairman, Pauline Myers. TG is additionally seeking to update mandates on the exploitation of children, demanding more be done to curb harmful media influence and restrict Internet access.

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