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'Issue of money' for dementia care

Dementia patients in the UK face a "care tax" because they are left to pay for much of the care they need themselves, experts say.

The Alzheimer's Society found that only a third of the £32,242 a year spent on care per patient came from NHS or council funds, leaving a shortfall to be paid for by patients or their families.

Tony Smith, who cares for his wife who has dementia, explained to Today programme presenter John Humphrys that the current situation is difficult for carers like himself because he does not know how much money he needs as "provision" and he doesn't know "how much the total care bill is going to come to either".

NHS England's dementia director Alistair Burns commented: "There is an issue of money... We are making advances, things are improving, we've got a way to go, but I think the report today from the Alzheimer's's Society is so important at keeping this issue in centre stage."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 10 September.

  • 10 Sep 2014
  • From the section UK