Dementia patients not receiving adequate care
Posted: December 1, 2014
Posted in: Medical Negligence
Two leading charities recently claimed that people suffering with dementia are not receiving adequate care because the illness is not recognised as ‘terminal’. A report compiled by Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Alzheimer’s Society, stated that dementia suffers are being made to face many barriers on their way to receiving the care they require. It was noted in the report that more than 800,000 people in the UK suffer with this incurable illness.
Both charities are due to compose an action plan after the government agreed to address the issues raised by the report. The report was based on research carried out across the UK, mainly from the University College London and health and social care services. It highlighted the ‘terminal nature of the illness’, which is often forgotten when end of life care is organised.
“NHS England is addressing the issues raised”
Dementia, labeled as the “silent epidemic”, is a term used to describe around 100 different diseases which see brain cells dying on a large scale. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form, affecting general brain function, memory, language skills, and the ability to carry out daily tasks.
A spokesman for the Department of Health said: “NHS England is addressing the issues raised by this report as part of a wide range of initiatives, including the upcoming refresh of the End of Life Care Strategy.”
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