David Cameron 'forgets' 1/4m with dementia in care homes

The organisation said the Prime Minister's proposals, unveiled on Monday, had "totally ignored the challenges faced by care homes".

About 250,000 people with dementia in Britain - roughly a third of the total - are in care homes. They tend to be those with more advanced disease.

Mr Cameron promised to more than double funding for dementia research to £66 million a year by 2015. He also announced there would be another £54 million available "to encourage hospitals to get to grips with dementia".

But Frank Ursell, chief executive of the RNHA, asked: "Where are the additional resources for the 14,000 or more care homes that bear the brunt of providing long-term residential care and support for dementia patients?

"As far as we can see, there is not a single penny in Mr Cameron’s kitty for the care providers who undertake the lion’s share of the work.

The organisation will be writing to Mr Cameron to express its members' concerns.

Liz Kendall, the Shadow Care Services Minister, said: "The crisis in dementia cannot be addressed without tackling the crisis in care.

"More than £1 billion has been cut from local council budgets for older people's social care since the Government came to power. Eight out of ten councils are now providing support only for those with substantial and critical needs."

She continued: "The increase in funding for dementia research is welcome. But the Government is in denial about the growing care crisis and the devastating impact their cuts to social care are having on the ground."


Sourced from The Telegraph, 28th March 2012.