Dementia – people left to fend for themselves

Vulnerable people struggling with dementia have been abandoned by the care system in England, a charity says.

The Alzheimer’s Society said people had been left to “fend for themselves” because of inadequate community care from the NHS and councils.

To make its case, the charity published data showing there had been a 73% rise in potentially unnecessary hospital admissions among dementia patients.

It comes as ministers draw up plans to reform the council social care system.

A Green Paper is being promised by the summer.

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