More than 60 MPs have supported a call by the Alzheimer’s Society for a £2.4bn Dementia Fund to cover “unfair” care costs.
The 68 cross-party MPs sent a letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock backing the move ahead of today’s release of the Alzheimer’s Society report outlining the proposal.
The letter states: “As a cross party group of MPs committed to improving support for people with dementia, we are calling for concerted government action to tackle the dementia care crisis.”
In its Fix Dementia Care report, the Alzheimer’s Society calls for urgent investment in high quality, person-centred care through a dedicated Dementia Fund to end the dementia penalty face when paying for care.
The report reveals that dementia care costs are 15% more than standard care costs with people typically spending £100,000.
Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “If you develop cancer or heart disease, your care is covered by the NHS. People with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have the right and expectation that the NHS will also support them. We are calling for urgent investment in high quality care through a dedicated Dementia Fund. It’s time to end the dementia penalty that‘s preventing people from getting the care they need and deserve.”
You can support the campaign by visiting alzheimers.org.uk/fixdementiacare