Care crisis has to be tackled

In the budget Phillip Hammond promised additional funding for the NHS, but none for social care.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 11 December, 2017, 08:00

While the extra money for the NHS is hugely needed, by neglecting social care the Government is just filling up a bucket with holes in it.

It has ducked an opportunity to put into action its commitment to tackle dementia care. People with dementia will feel betrayed and abandoned.

Alzheimer’s Society’s helpline has taken too many desperate calls from people who are scrimping to pay for care, unable to put the heating on, forced to sell furniture and empty their bank accounts.

The absence of state support for vulnerable people with dementia is a travesty, and an embarrassment for our society.

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The Government says it is committed to address the social care crisis; we need to see more evidence that this is being prioritised. Every day the politicians drag their heels is a day more families affected by dementia are pushed into poverty.

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Jeremy Hughes

Chief Executive Alzheimer’s Society