‘My Chinese uncle, gouty, deaf, half-blinded,
And more than a little absent-minded,
Astonished all St. James’s Square one day
By giving long and unexceptionally exact
To a little coolie girl, who’d lost her way”.
— Robert Graves.
But what became of him later? If he had lived in Edinburgh his future would have been disturbingly bleak. At present the South-East Region has the least number of long-stay beds in Scotland. Care for the elderly has become one of the darkest betes-noires of the N .H.S., and, as far as expenditure goes, one with potentially the most voracious appetite.
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