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That long-term NHS plan? My dad needs it now | Alex Clark

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The kindness and humanity we encountered when my 80-year-old father fell ill was amazing – but the system can’t run on it Dad, 80, who until recently was working shifts in a hotel, doing an elderly friend’s shopping, and volunteering as a companion for the isolated and vulnerable for Age UK, is sick. Really sick. Naturally slender, he is now skeletal; his skin falls off in sheets; he digests little; he can barely walk for the pain. In summer, as he visited my new home in rural Ireland, we cut down a tree together and climbed the side of a waterfall (admittedly, in
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