MPs call for transfer of funds to community to improve care for dementia patients

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 15 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4509
  1. Jo Carlowe
  1. 1London

The UK health services should reduce the number of hospital beds and use the savings to fund better care of people with dementia, a cross party group of MPs has said.

In its report of an inquiry into improving dementia services the all party parliamentary group on dementia calls for hospital beds to be cut by at least 10%.

The report notes that a quarter of hospital beds are taken up by patients with dementia and that many leave in worse health than when they were admitted. A £1bn (€1.1bn; $1.6bn) investment in community based dementia services would reduce hospital admissions, the report argues.

Sally Greengross, the peer who chairs the group, said, “Dementia currently costs the UK £20bn …

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