A report on inadequacies in the care system regarding dementia patients. The number of potentially unnecessary hospital admissions among dementia patients has risen by 73% across 65 hospital trusts, from 31,000 in 2012 to around 55,000 in 2017. Some of this apparent increase may be attributable to better recording over that period, it is acknowledged.
Triggle, N. (2018). Dementia patients ‘abandoned’ by system. London: BBC Health News, May 17th 2018.
This relates to:
Hutchings, R. Carter, D. [and] Bennett, K. (2018). Dementia – the true cost: fixing the care crisis. London: Alzheimer’s Society, May 2018.
Dementia Action Plan for Wales
Possibly of comparative interest, regarding the Welsh policy context:
Dementia Action Plan for Wales: 2018-2022. Wales: Welsh Government, 2018.
Possibly also of interest, concerning Northern Ireland:
Kelly, D. [and] Kennedy, J. (2018). Power to people: proposals to reboot adult care and support in N.I.. Northern Ireland: Department of Health Northern Ireland: Expert Advisory Panel on Adult Care and Support, 2018.
Informed speculation from BBC News on how things may develop:
Pym, H. (2019). Social care ‘national scandal and disgrace’. London: BBC Health News, March 4th 2019.
Daily Mail’s End the Dementia Care Cost Betrayal Campaign (July 2019)
The Daily Mail launched a highly successful End the Dementia Care Cost Betrayal campaign.
Dementia care needs fixing – and you can help. [Online]: Alzheimer’s Society, July 2019.
New Dementia Ambassadors Join Campaign
Dame Barbara Windsor, and her husband Scott Mitchell, have been appointed as Alzheimer’s Society Ambassadors:
Alzheimer’s Society appoints Dame Barbara Windsor and husband Scott Mitchell Ambassadors. [Online]: Alzheimer’s Society, August 6th 2019.
Further news coverage:
Dame Barbara Windsor urges Johnson to ‘sort out’ dementia care. London: BBC Health News, August 6th 2019.
Labour Party Conference (2019): Partial / Limited Solutions?
Possibly of interest:
Labour pledges free personal care for over-65s in England. London: BBC Health News, September 23rd 2019.
Further analysis from BBC News:
Triggle, N. (2019). Social care: Is free personal care the answer? London: BBC Health News, September 23rd 2019.