Government reform to the NHS has been ‘disastrous’ according to a report by the King’s Fund released today. The report, which is also critical of Labour, finds that throughout this parliament ‘the NHS has come under pressure from constrained resources and rising demand for care’ and that targets for patient care are being missed.
Alzheimer’s Society comment:
George McNamara, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Alzheimer’s Society said:
‘We all want an NHS fit for the 21st Century and meeting the needs of an ageing population. This will not be achieved if politicians continue to ignore the crisis in social care and our community services. Reforms around structures not people will only result in failure. We urgently need an end to social care cuts and a clear commitment by all political parties to deliver a long term funding solution for the NHS and social care.
People with dementia are amongst the hardest hit by a social care system which is underfunded and structurally bankrupt, leaving many with the condition reaching crisis point and unnecessarily ending up in hospital.’