Unless something is done now on social care it can only get worse

Responding to Alzheimer’s Society’s data revealing emergency admissions for people with dementia up more than a third in five years, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:

“The system is not working and these figures reveal how it is letting down people with dementia and putting our hospitals under unnecessary and intolerable strain. Nearly every health leader we have surveyed says the social care crisis is harming patient care.

“The NHS and social care are sister services – when one does not work, the other suffers.

“Unless something is done now it can only get worse. The government has promised reform but unless we find an answer soon, backed up by long-term funding, this tragedy will go blighting the lives of affecting hundreds of thousands of people with dementia and their families.”

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