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​Sleepwalking into a dementia crisis

Nursing shortages and the financial challenges facing the NHS are putting the future of dementia care at risk, says dementia expert Professor June Andrews 
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Nursing shortages and the financial challenges facing the NHS are putting the future of dementia care at risk, says dementia expert Professor June Andrews

The increasing awareness around issues related to dementia, ageing and frailty is undoubtedly welcome, but there are areas of nursing policy that all nurses urgently need to pay attention to.

We know that the ageing UK population presents problems for the workforce, and for health and social care services.

Older people need to receive additional resources, particularly towards the end of life and especially if they have dementia.

But in recent decades as our older population increased, ‘geriatric’ beds were closed and long-term care was moved from the NHS hospital sector into the community and care homes.

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