Research into end-of-life medical treatment for elderly patients by Nairn and Ardersier GP practice involved the creation of "anticipatory care plans" for 100 high-risk patients.
This sounds all very fine and dandy, but trying to get the medical and care services merely to take more than a passing interest in the care and medical needs of a frail elderly neighbour, also in Nairn but registered with a different GP practice, over the past few weeks has been frustratingly different; one almost gets the impression that they would prefer that she drop down dead to save them the bother (and cost) of intervention. So much for high-falutin' research when contrasted with not-so-'Best Practice'!
Such action, little as it is so far, has only happened because of the intervention of several concerned friends (me and another in the main) intervening direct with Social Services to put a spur to their flanks! Not happy!