Local MP joins campaigners calling for better dementia care

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak has joined with campaigners and volunteers from leading charity Alzheimer’s Society for the launch of their new campaign ‘Fix Dementia Care’ which calls for improvements in hospital care for people living with dementia.

The campaign is calling for greater transparency across the NHS following a recent investigation which found too many people with dementia are suffering falls while in hospital, being discharged at night or remaining stuck in hospital despite their medical treatment having finished. Freedom of Information requests (FOIs) carried out by the charity found that in 2014-15:

 

- 28% of people over the age of 65 who fell in hospital had dementia - but this was as high as 71% in the worst performing hospital trust.

 

- In 68 trusts that responded to this FOI (41%), 4,926 people with dementia were discharged between the hours of 11pm and 6am

 

- In the worst performing hospitals, people with dementia were found to be staying five to seven times longer than other patients over the age of 65

 

In order to address the issue of dementia care in our hospitals the report is recommending that all hospitals publish an annual statement of dementia care, which includes feedback from patients with dementia, helping to raise standards of care across the country. It is also calling for the regulators, Monitor and the Care Quality Commission to include standards of dementia care in their assessments.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“It is important that people living with dementia, get the right support and care, both in the community and in hospitals.High standards of hospital care for people living with dementia should be the norm, wherever they are. The first step to improving the issue across the country is openness - once we know where the shortcomings are we can take steps to tackle them.

George McNamara, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Alzheimer’s Society added:

 “We are encouraging everyone to get behind our campaign to improve transparency and raise the bar on quality. Poor care can have devastating, life-changing consequences. Becoming malnourished because you can’t communicate to hospital staff that you are hungry, or falling and breaking a hip because you’re confused and no-one’s around to help, can affect whether you stand any chance of returning to your own home or not.”

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