On Wednesday 10 February, Justin Madders MP joined over 160 other MPs at the launch of Alzheimer’s Society’s new campaign Fix Dementia Care which calls for improvements in hospital care for people living with dementia.
MPs gathered in Westminster to call for greater transparency across the NHS following an Alzheimer’s Society investigation which found too many people with dementia are falling while in hospital, being discharged at night or being marooned in hospital despite their medical treatment having finished. Freedom of Information requests (FOIs) carried out by the charity found that in 2014-15:
• 28% of people over the age of 65 who fell in hospital had dementia - but this was as high as 71% in the worst performing hospital trust
• In 68 trusts that responded to this FOI (41%), 4,926 people with dementia were discharged between the hours of 11pm and 6am
• In the worst performing hospitals, people with dementia were found to be staying five to seven times longer than other patients over the age of 65
“Good hospital care for people with dementia should never be a postcode lottery, but we know that in some hospitals people are routinely experiencing the consequences of poor care. I am supporting the Alzheimer’s Society Fix Dementia Care campaign to tackle the variations in quality of hospital care that people with dementia face. The first step to improving the issue across the country is greater transparency - once we know where the shortcomings are, we can take steps to tackle them.
Along with other MPs, I have written to the Chief Executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens calling on him to ensure that all hospitals publish an annual statement of dementia care, which includes feedback from patients with dementia, helping to raise standards of care across the country. I am also calling on the regulators, Monitor and the Care Quality Commission to include standards of dementia care in their assessments.”