Government must invest in dementia services
- Published on Thursday, 08 November 2012 12:36
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
The Royal College of Nursing has called on the Government to guarantee that it will prioritise and invest in services which support people with dementia and their families.
The call came in response to Prime Minister David Cameron unveiling a new scheme encouraging one million people to volunteer and support people with dementia.
Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary, said: "Dementia is a complex condition and any emphasis on improving awareness should be welcomed. This is especially important with an ageing population such as ours placing stretched services under greater strain.
"However, awareness itself is not enough. We want to see a guarantee from the Government that it will invest and make a priority those services that have the capacity and expertise to support people living with dementia and their families.
"These volunteers will undoubtedly be a boost to those providing care. That being said, it must go hand in hand with proper investment, especially when those with the expertise to treat dementia, such as nurses, are being cut. This should not be an either-or scenario."
The RCN has developed a commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospitals, find out more.