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Dementia spending inquiry

4th January 2011

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia is to carry out an inquiry to look at the costs involved in caring for dementia patients.

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The group will examine if there are more effective ways of spending money on care for people with the disease.

The cost of care in the UK has been estimated at around £20 billion annually and could increase to £27 billion by 2018.

The all-party group has pinpointed particular programmes which have saved money, including a care home team in Doncaster which decreased hospital admissions by 75% and was mentioned in a King's Fund report.

The group also pointed out the efforts of a mental health team in Leeds which decreased hospital admissions and let patients be discharged faster.

The team cut the length of the average hospital stay by more than half (54%) and saved 1,056 bed-days annually.

Baroness Sally Greengross, chair of the all-party group, said: "As the number of people with dementia rises the financial burden will only increase. In this difficult economic climate, it's imperative that money is spent wisely."

"We know that it's possible to create cost savings and deliver better quality of care for people with dementia," she added.


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