Department of Health needs to focus on care as well as diagnosis

Posted on October 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Department of Health needs to focus on care as well as diagnosis

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National provider representative body Care England has made an oblique criticism of the announcement that GPs are to be given extra funding to diagnose dementia.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said that, while any increase in the diagnosis of dementia was welcomed, the bigger issue was the underfunding of social care.

“The care sector is constantly being challenged to improve quality but the Government refuses to put more money into delivering care,” said Prof. Green.

“In many areas local authorities are paying less than £5 an hour for high-level, quality care and we are constantly told there is no more money in the system.

“However, the Government has found money to fund GPs to make a diagnosis and ignored funding care providers properly to deliver the vital support that is necessary after that diagnosis is delivered.”

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