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Alzheimer's Society: Care system must change

Alzheimer's Society: Care system must change
23rd February 2010

Health secretary Andy Burnham held a conference on Monday (February 22nd) to discuss the ramifications and issues surrounding long-term care and support for older people, resulting in a direct response from a leading UK charity.

Ruth Sutherland, the acting chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, attended the conference and responded to the minister's calls.

She said that a transformation of the "crumbling system" in regards to who pays for care should give way to a situation which is "transparent, sustainable and fair", though this may be a challenge.

The gathering on Monday was an important move towards this goal and it was highlighted that it cannot be achieved without widespread consensus.

Ms Sutherland continued: "Hundreds of thousands of people with dementia are the significant losers under the current charging system. It is imperative that all political parties work towards a new system that delivers quality care for all."

According to a recent study by the Alzheimer's Research Trust, around 820,000 people in the UK have Alzheimer's disease - much higher than the 700,000 previously asserted.

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