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Dementia patients being ‘dumped in hospital’

Dementia patients being ‘dumped in hospital’

Dementia patients are being dumped in hospitals in England because of a lack of community care, a charity says.

The Alzheimer’s Society called for action, highlighting data showing one in 10 dementia patients spends over a month in hospital after being admitted.

The figures also suggested the overall number of emergency admissions among people with dementia is rising – with some patients yo-yoing back and forth.

Ministers said they were “determined” to tackle the problems.

Central to this, the government said, would be plans for reforming the social care system, which encompasses care home places and support in people’s homes.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said a long-term solution would be found to ensure dementia patients were treated with “dignity”.

“We know that hospital visits can be distressing for people with dementia which is why there should be high-quality care in the community,” she added.

‘My mum spent most of her last year in hospital’

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