Care on the agenda at the Houses of Parliament

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd led a debate on dementia
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd led a debate on dementia

EASTBOURNE MP Stephen Lloyd led a debate about dementia care in parliament last Tuesday evening (June 7).

Mr Lloyd’s debate on care service provision for older people highlighted the challenges around dementia care.

He said, “With 750,000 in the UK with dementia and the number expected to be more than one million in 15 years, we really need to prioritise our focus on this dreadful illness.

“I am calling on the government to do just that. We need more research into delaying or curing the condition; we need investment in more respite care provision and, crucially, in my view, we need to integrate the care pathway for dementia sufferers.”

He said that respite care in Eastbourne had been reduced over the last few years with closures to two of the town’s three respite centres.

Mr Lloyd added, “More respite services are a desperate local need.

“I continue to lobby the county council, but will also remind the government they simply must allocate more resources for dementia care.

“The need in Eastbourne, as with the rest of the country, is growing dramatically.”