Alzheimer’s Society calls for funding answers

The Alzheimer's Society wants the question of health and care funding to be addressed following shadow health secretary Andy Burnham's pledge to bring social care into the NHS.
In a speech at the Labour Party Conference, Mr Burnham promised to end 'slapdash' 15 minute home care visits and provide new support for unpaid carers including funding for carer’s breaks and the right to an annual health check.
The Alzheimer’s Society commented: "Integrating health and social care is a welcome step. But whoever forms the next government must address overall funding. This is wider than the proceeds of a mansion tax. People with dementia should have as much right to state funding for the support they need as people with other conditions such as cancer.
"We shouldn't assume that everything the NHS does is right and everything care providers do is wrong. A new system must take the best of both and put the patient and the carer's interests first."


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