English Health Care Stuggling With Dementia

The English health and care system is "struggling" to cope with dementia with both hospitals and care homes failing in key areas.

The Care Quality Commission found dementia patients in hospital are more likely to face longer stays, be readmitted and die there while care homes are not doing enough to keep patients well.

The Commission announced the conclusions after reviewing more than 20,000 of its inspections and analysing existing data and the news spread right across the BBC after it broke yesterday.

For further information please read Nick Triggle's Health and care system 'struggling with dementia' story on the BBC

Unfortunately, dementia is not just a problem affecting England with statistics showing that just over 42,700 people currently live with dementia in Wales.

Much work has taken place in Wales recently to identify the areas that need to be addressed to improve the lives of those with and affected by dementia in the hope that situations like those highlighted by the Commission don't become the norm in our own health care system.

This has led to the creation of the National Dementia Vision for Wales which provides a long-term vision to ensure Wales can best meet the challenge of an increasing number of people living with dementia across the country.

If you have any questions about WaMH in PC's work with dementia in Wales please visit the Dementia section on this site or contact us via email at lhills@rcgp.org.uk or on 029 2050 4516.