Magazine article Public Finance

Dementia Cases to Soar, Say Experts

Magazine article Public Finance

Dementia Cases to Soar, Say Experts

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Time is running out for the government to prepare for a huge increase in the number of people suffering from dementia, health experts are warning.

As the King's Fund published its year-long study on future mental health needs, the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network called for faster progress on dementia policy and 'very significant' levels of funding.

Network director Steve Shrubb told Public Finance: 'We're going to see a really big increase in the number of people that suffer from dementia, but if we add in carers then we've got a really large number of people who are going to be suffering and the financial hit is significant.

'We've got less time than many people thought before the real impact of this starts to hit home, and I'm just talking about the direct costs. [The King's Fund report] goes on to talk about the indirect costs.'

Shrubb added that the issue needed to be linked to the debate on the funding of social care.

The King's Fund study, published on May 28, predicted a 61% increase in dementia cases, from 580,000 to 940,000 over the next two decades. This rise is also likely to fuel an above-inflation increase in the care bill over the next two decades, from £22. …

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