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Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, in response to the Care Quality Commission’s Update Report on dementia care failings, said: 

“Too many older people with dementia are ending up in hospital when they could be getting care and support at home or in the community. This isn’t good for them, and it is ending up costing the taxpayer far more too. 

“Tackling this problem requires properly joined up health and care services that focus on prevention and early intervention. Social care and NHS staff need better training in dementia, and families need reliable support to help look after their loved ones.  

“We need a far bigger and bolder response to meet the needs of our ageing population. Labour’s policy review is looking at a genuinely integrated NHS and social care system, which helps older people stay healthy and living independently in their own homes for as long as possible and gets better value for public money too.”

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