Fylde MP Mark Menzies calls for full debate on dementia

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has asked the government to hold a debate on dementia.

Mr Menzies raised the issue in a Business of the House debate in Parliament, calling for a full debate on the implications of dementia on health and social care services.

He said: “May we have a debate on dementia in Government time?

“Many Members have or have had family members who suffer from this wicked and cruel disease.

“May we have a debate that covers not only the disease itself but the social care system, the health service and all the other aspects of society on which dementia touches? Hopefully, we can then take forward some action.”

The total cost of dementia in the UK is £26.3 billion. The NHS picks up £4.3 billion of the costs and social care £10.3. Of the £10.3 billion in social care costs, £4.5 billion is attributed to local authority social services for state funded care.

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom agreed dementia was an increasing problem, and that a debate could be organised.

She said: “My hon. Friend raises an issue that is of concern to us all in our constituencies, and often also in our families.

“It is certainly an increasing problem in the United Kingdom and around the world and we should discuss it regularly, so I encourage him to seek perhaps a Back-Bench debate on the subject, so that we can look at exactly what further measures can be taken to ensure that we do the best we can for those suffering from dementia, and for their families and friends.”

Mr Menzies is a supporter of the Dementia Friends initiative, and held a training session in St Annes to help others understand how dementia affects people.

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