Welcome for Ombudsman’s report
Harry Cayton, chief executive of the Alzheimer1s Society has said the Health Service Ombudsman1s report on NHS funding of long term care would highlight the way in which the funding system discriminated against people with dementia. “The society strongly welcomes this report by Ann Abraham, and we hope that it will lead to people with dementia at last receiving the health care they deserve,” Mr Cayton said. “Callers to our Helpline repeatedly tell us how little dementia care the NHS will fund – even people in the palliative stage of care are told that they must finance their own care. “Three-quarters of people in long term care have Alzheimer1s or another form of dementia. We believe that it1s vital that the needs of people with dementia are recognised by the NHS and a greater contribution made towards their health care.” Mr Cayton said he hoped the Ombudsman1s report would pave the way for a fairer and more equitable system of funding for people with dementia.