Letter: Tackling dementia head on

Letter. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150730-111636001
Letter. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150730-111636001

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

They have ducked an opportunity to put into action their commitment to tackle dementia care head on. People with dementia will rightfully feel betrayed and abandoned.

Alzheimer’s Society’s helpline has taken too many desperate calls from people who are scrimping and scraping 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.

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

We need your readers to unite with us to keep the pressure on government in the coming months. Join our campaign to fix dementia care at alzheimers.org.uk/campaign.

Elisa Vaughan

Alzheimer’s Society Operations Manager for Sussex, Bishopric, Horsham