Majority of MPs believe dementia care should be funded by the state, according to poll

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25th June 2019 17:48 - Central Government

Majority of MPs believe dementia care should be funded by the state: ,

Research on behalf of The Alzheimer’s Society has revealed that eight in 10 MPs (80%) feel that funding for dementia care should be wholly, or partly funded by the Government.

The YouGov poll, which questioned 101 MPs showed a breakdown of opinion across political parties with 70% of Conservative MPs thinking that the state should prioritise investment into dementia care, and 90% of Labour MPs. 

More than three-quarters (77%) of the MPs polled said they believe social care to be underfunded, including general care for dementia sufferers (and their carers and families) as well as GP services for patients. When asked about underfunding for hospital care, 63% said the same.

The Alzheimer’s Society has launched its Fix Dementia Care campaign which is calling for a  £2.4bn Dementia Fund to be put in place. More than half the MPs polled (65%) said they were in support of the Fund, with 59% of Conservatives and 74% Labour MPs showing their support. 

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said: “The message could not be clearer: by far the majority of MPs believe large-scale government investment is required to improve social care, and yet the needs of people with dementia are still being neglected and ignored by the Government."

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