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Dementia patients in care homes get a second class NHS service, charity says

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2528 (Published 05 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2528
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Many of the 280 000 people with dementia living in care homes are getting a second rate service from the NHS and having to pay for the privilege, an investigation has found.1

The investigation, which is part of the Fix Dementia Care campaign, was conducted jointly by Alzheimer’s Society and Care England. It involved a survey of over 285 care home managers in England, as well as the testimonies of carers of people with dementia living in care homes.

Almost half of care home managers surveyed said that the NHS wasn’t providing residents with dementia adequate and timely access to vital services such as physiotherapy, continence, …

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