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Dementia prioritised in revised NHS framework
Date of article: 21-Jun-10
Article By: Alzheimer's Society
A revised Operating Framework for the NHS brought hope to 750,000 people with dementia and carers as the new government acknowledged failures in dementia and promised action.
PCTs and their partners will now have to publish plans for dementia, putting pressure on a third of PCTs who currently have no plans in place. 'Pathway tariffs' which could attach money to a person's care across different settings and more support for intermediate care were also highlighted.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'Today's news that the new government is addressing the failure to prioritise dementia in the NHS Operating Framework is both welcome and exciting. It was a disappointing setback when dementia wasn't included in the framework and more recently a third of PCTs missed important deadlines to have joint strategies for dementia in place. With a million people set to develop dementia in the next ten years and up to a quarter of all hospital beds occupied by people with the condition, the NHS must take dementia seriously.'
'Proposals for 'pathway tariffs' and expanding 're-enablement support' show huge promise to improving care for 750, 000 people with dementia and their carers. We now need more detail to find out if they could help to deliver the National Dementia Strategy for England at a local level and change lives. Any move towards local accountability must not mean a move away from national leadership.'