Alzheimer's Society calls on Boris Johnson to match Jeremy Hunt's pledge for social care investment

Posted On: 
18th July 2019

Sally Copley, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Alzheimer’s Society, responds to Jeremy Hunt's pledge for social care investment.

Last night Conservative leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt promised to fix the broken social care system if he became Prime Minister, with a long term plan and cash boost, saying: 'I delivered a long-term plan for the NHS, backed by £20billion more a year to fund improvements. I fought hard for the same for social care because we cannot ignore the care needs of older people, such as those with dementia. If I were Prime Minister I would put this right, once and for all.'

Sally Copley, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Alzheimer’s Society, responded: “We welcome Jeremy Hunt’s recognition of the shocking injustice of dementia care, and his pledge that social care will get the same long term plan and level of investment the NHS rightly had at the start of the year. He knows the future of the NHS relies on getting things right for social care. 

“For the sake of people with dementia Alzheimer’s Society calls on Boris Johnson to match this promise. Letting vulnerable people with dementia shoulder catastrophic costs, and struggle with scarce, and poor quality care, is a stain on our country’s reputation. We must do much, much better for the 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia today.”