Thank you for contacting me about dementia and the Alzheimer’s Society. I know what a devastating impact dementia has on patients and their families.
Last year, I was pleased to be able to support Alzheimer’s Research UK and their campaign to double dementia funding - Double dementia funding - Alzheimer's Research UK (alzheimersresearchuk.org) https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/mp-pledges/page/2/ and I have raised questions about this in the House - Written questions and answers - Written questions, answers and statements - UK Parliament https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/202…
It is critical that we increase dementia research funding.
I am aware of how challenging it must be for families caring for loved ones during the pandemic, particularly those who have needed to take on extra responsibilities. I know that the Government is working closely with those who support people living with dementia, including health services, local authorities and the care sector to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on people with dementia and to identify what additional actions may be required to ensure safety, and access to the right support and care.
In addition, research through the National Institute for Health Research was commissioned on how to manage or mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on people living in the community with dementia and their carers. The research has considered the best ways to support people to stay well during the outbreak, including help to manage the psychological and social impacts of social distancing, self-isolation, and lockdown. You can find more information, including summary leaflets, here: http://www.idealproject.org.uk/covid/
Looking ahead, I understand that later this year the Government plans to bring forward proposals for a new dementia strategy. This will set out how the Government will continue to support people living with dementia and their unpaid carers in England for future years. I look forward to learning more about this in due course.
We should do everything we can to offer support to people with long term health conditions, as well as those who support them, throughout this difficult time, and I will certainly continue to monitor this issue closely.
Since your email the Government has announced an increase in National Insurance payments to fund reform in Social Care. You can read my views on this here: https://www.richardfuller.co.uk/news/richards-views-proposed-increase-national-insurance-fund-social-care-and-nhs
You can watch me speaking about this in the House here: https://www.richardfuller.co.uk/news/richard-speaks-health-and-social-care-levy-debate
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.