That would only be true if standards hadn't increased anywhere else in the public sector!!!! It's just an excuse. My contributions have increased over the years in line with everything else. I too worked the wards of geriatric hospitals and they were horrifying. I used to work extra hours every day and weekends to try to make things better for people and fortunately i was at the end of the era that believed you could treat old people as though they were worse than animals. I understand that you are saying that expectations have increased but you only have to look at children's wards these days to see the love and care and amazing facilities that they are provided with so some people are still happy to treat older people as though they are not human beings and why should they get less care and less facilities than kids or any other sector of the population????