Dementia carers feel brutalised: it’s a national and a systemic problem. Better to be honest about what we cannot afford..

Dementia carers feel brutalised: it’s a national and a systemic problem… It’s only a small percentage of the population who have been able to afford and plan for private provision. Planning for overt rationing in this area is going to get more and more uncomfortable for successive governments. Better to be honest about what we cannot afford.. But please politicians and commissioners,  give us notice…

BBC news reports 6th July 2015: Dementia: GPs say patchy services fail patients

Doctors have raised fresh concerns about the level of support people with dementia and their carers get from the NHS and social services in the UK.

And the Royal College of GPs says until the situation improves, doctors will have to weigh up whether there is any advantage in early diagnosis.

The college was responding to a survey of GPs for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The poll suggests some patients are forced to rely on family, friends and unpaid carers due to gaps in services….

On 18th June BBC reported on spot checks to Mental health Services in Wales: Spot checks on 22 mental health wards across Wales, and said they were all adequate. One just wonders if there was some warning…?

My own practice has an accurate and timely up-to-date register of dementia patients. So does every GP practice in the country. The government however, has been unable to use it’s power, money, managerial skills(?) and 30 years of planning to get this information together. IT system for GP records criticised is misleading as a title because it implies that the blame may lie with GPs. It does not!

Marian Ghaemi in The Ipswich Star reports 25th June 2015: Special report reveals huge rise in mental health cases in Suffolk, and this is just symbolic of a generic problem. It is national, and the access to care is worse in rural areas.

The Reality is not palatable. BBC News 30th June: Wrexham mental health ward concerns to be investigated and in the Wrexham Leader 2nd July: Watchdog to probe mental care issues at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Alice Thompson has it right: Mental health still surviving on the crumbs 16th October 2014

The return to a brutal society?


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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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