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Liz Kendall MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, commenting on the National Audit of Dementia, said:

“One million people will be living with dementia by 2021 but the Tory-led Government has so far failed to give dementia care the priority it deserves.

“None of the 60 ‘key indicators’ published earlier this month, which Andrew Lansley says will drive the NHS to ‘focus on what matters’, are specifically about improving hospital care for people with dementia.

“And the Government’s cuts to funding for local council services for older people - £1.3 billion already this Parliament – means people with dementia aren’t getting the care and support they need to stay living independently in their homes.

“This isn’t what people with dementia and their carers need – and it is bad for taxpayers too. Emergency hospital admissions for people with dementia are increasing, and delayed discharges from hospital are rising too. The NHS is now spending £500,000 a day on the costs of delayed discharges from hospital alone.

“The Government is out of touch with what is happening on the ground. Far from making the real reforms we need to meet the needs of our ageing population, it is cutting care and forcing the NHS through a reckless, wasteful and distracting reorganisation.”

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