Dementia pledge

A SCARBOROUGH care leader has welcomed Government pledges to do more to help the thousands of people with dementia in this country.

But Mike Padgham, chairman of the Independent Care Group, also warned today that Government needs to end the practice of short time-slot care visits.

Prime Minister David Cameron promised to treat dementia as “a national crisis” and to plough more than £66 million into research.

Mike Padgham said Mr Cameron was right that levels of diagnosis and understanding of dementia was “shockingly low”. While welcoming the news, Mr Padgham said the Government must also address the “common practice” of commissioning home care visits in time slots.