BMA calls for proper services for patients diagnosed with Alzheimers

The British Medical Association (BMA) has given its response to the Alzheimer Society’s survey of GPs which suggested that patients with dementia are let down by lack of social care support.

The survey of 1000 family doctors found that dementia patients are increasingly relying on friends, family and unpaid carers because insufficient help is available from health and social care services.

Dr Richard Vautrey, the BMA’s GP Committee deputy chair, said: “Difficulty in accessing social care support has become an everyday reality for GPs, patients and carers. Sadly it is not only the case for those diagnosed with dementia, but also affects the large number of people living with long term conditions or with frail elderly relatives.

“GPs are increasingly frustrated that due to excessive cuts to local authority funding, some of the most vulnerable people in our society are not receiving the level of care and support they deserve.

“The increasing emphasis on diagnosing dementia has not been matched with proper services for patients once they are diagnosed. With an ageing population, and the number of people with dementia set to grow significantly in the next five years, it is vital that sustainable care and support is urgently put in place to help provide the best possible care for those who need it.”

The Alzheimer Society’s survey was published a month after David Cameron pledged to help drive up diagnosis rates.



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