‘Dementia friends’ in shops part of new care package

BBC News reports 28th February 2014~: ‘Dementia friends’ in shops part of new care package

“A new package of care for dementia sufferers will help fight the illness, the health secretary says.

Jeremy Hunt has announced help from businesses to support customers with dementia, and a “world dementia envoy” has been appointed.

NHS England will invest £90m in an effort to bring down diagnosis waiting times by March next year.

But Labour warned that the government must tackle “poor care standards” in order to combat the condition.

As part of the announcement, 190,000 staff from British businesses, including Marks and Spencer, Argos, Homebase, Lloyds Bank and Lloyds Pharmacy, have signed up to become “dementia friends”.

“We welcome the focus on post-diagnosis support which will provide a vital lifeline to thousands who are currently left in the dark”…..

End Quote Jeremy Hughes Alzheimer’s Society

They will be trained to learn how to spot the signs of dementia among customers and offer support for sufferers.

At last some words to back up the demographic need. My own two parents are suffering from old age dementia and one of them is on medication, which has failed to improve things over 9 months… I am suspicious that the research for the benefit of the drugs needs independent verification, and that the money used on drugs would be better spent on carers and support workers… and this is impossible as we don’t officially ration health care!

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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