Alzheimer’s Society respond to NHS Long Term Plan
People with dementia have waited long enough for the support they need, says Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society.
Dementia is the biggest challenge facing our health and care system, and a number of proposals in the NHS long term plan will help us meet this challenge. The ambitions for integrated health and social care, and the proposed budget behind them, are hugely welcome. We are also pleased to see plans to embed our Dementia Connect service in the system.
However, the NHS long term plan is just one piece of the jigsaw. We still need to see the delayed social care green paper to gain a full picture of how we will meet the needs of people affected by dementia - and gain the equity with other conditions they so deserve, which we’ve been calling for through our Fix Dementia Care campaign.
In the meantime, we look forward to working with the NHS on the implementation of the plan, ensuring that the improvements suggested for the 850,000 people living with dementia become a reality.
We need urgent action to prioritise turning words into action. People with dementia have waited long enough for the support they need.