MP joins calls for better care for dementia patients

Easington MP Grahame Morris with actor Kevin Whately at the launch of the campaign.
Easington MP Grahame Morris with actor Kevin Whately at the launch of the campaign.

East Durham MP Grahame Morris is one of 160 MPs from across the country who have helped launch a campaign to improve hospital care for people with dementia.

Mr Morris, who represents Easington, was present at the launch of the Alzheimer’s Society’s new campaign, Fix Dementia Care.

MPs gathered in Westminster to call for greater transparency across the NHS after an Alzheimer’s Society investigation which found many people with dementia are falling while in hospital, being discharged at night or being stuck in hospital despite their medical treatment having finished.

Mr Morris was also joined by North East actor Kevin Whately, whose mum Mary suffered from the illness before she died.

Mr Morris said: “Good hospital care for people with dementia should never be a throw of the dice.

“Yet in some hospitals people are routinely experiencing the consequences of poor care.

“Alzheimer’s Society were in Westminster to urge MPs to back their new Fix Dementia Care campaign, to end the postcode lottery on the quality of hospital care people with dementia face.

“The first step to improving the issue across the country is greater transparency – once we know where the shortcomings are we can take steps to tackle them.”

The Alzheimer’s Society is calling on people to back the Fix Dementia Care campaign by signing up at www.alzheimers.org.uk/fixhospitalcare