Alzheimer's Society responds to Queen's Speech 2021
Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing at Alzheimer’s Society said:
“While positive to hear a mention of social care reform in the Queen’s Speech today, we need more detail about what is planned, and quickly. Almost two years since the Prime Minister committed to implementing a plan to address the deep-rooted problems in social care, our most vulnerable people have been worst hit by coronavirus. 34,000 people with dementia have died from the virus and many more are rapidly deteriorating. Vague promises are no longer enough.
“The pandemic has exposed the cracks in our failing social care system. It is time for the government to take the next vital steps and honour their promises with a concrete plan for the 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. They need high quality, accessible social care, free at the point of use, like the NHS.”