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'Poor' dementia care concern

11th June 2007

Some dementia patients in parts of Scotland are being kept in wards for 24-hours a day for years on end.

The findings were made during a series of unannounced visits to NHS hospitals in Scotland by the Mental Welfare Commission.

The Commission said it found that some dementia patients had no access to the outdoors or a garden and that quality of care was patchy and often poor. In Scotland, about 58,000 people have dementia and Alzheimer's Scotland predicts the number of people with dementia will rise by 75% as the population ages.

 

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