Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today joined actor Kevin Whateley and 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
Alan said “Good hospital care for people with dementia should never be a throw of the dice -; yet in some hospitals people are routinely experiencing the consequences of poor care. I’m fully behind this important campaign.”