Copeland MP Supports Fix Dementia Care Campaign

Copeland MP Jamie Reed has supported the launch of the Alzheimer’s Society’s new campaign Fix Dementia Care which calls for improvements in hospital care for people living with dementia.

Jamie Reed joined colleagues in Parliament at the campaign launch in signing a letter to the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, calling on his support for the campaign. This news comes following an Alzheimer’s Society investigation which found that too many people with dementia are falling while in hospital, being discharged at night or being 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

The campaign makes the following recommendations in order to fix dementia care:

  • All hospitals to publish an annual statement of dementia care, which includes feedback from patients with dementia, helping to raise standards of care across the country
  • The regulators, Monitor and the Care Quality Commission, to include standards of dementia care in their assessments

Copeland MP Jamie Reed MP said:

The Government must act urgently  to support and encourage Hospitals to improve care for dementia patients.

“At the Fix Dementia Care campaign launch, I met with the Alzheimer’s Society, people with dementia and carers. I learned that according to an Alzheimer’s Society survey, 92% of people believe that hospital environments are frightening for the person with dementia they know. This needs to change.

 “There are over 700,000 people with dementia in England alone, and they all deserve a dignified and comfortable stay in Hospital. That’s why I support the Fix Dementia Care campaign and will continue to support its aims by calling  on the Government to take immediate action.”

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

We must put a stop to the culture where it’s easier to find out about your local hospital finances than the quality of care you’ll receive if you have dementia. 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.

“We are delighted to have been able to engage over 160 MPs in one day at our campaign launch. Jamie Reed MP has a huge influence in Copeland and we hope he will use this opportunity to take action and improve the care for people living with dementia.”