As reported in the South Yorkshire Times and Doncaster Free Press, Michael has welcomed the opening of Barnsley’s first dedicated support centre by BIADS, a charity he is patron of. He has also called on the Government to use £700m from this year’s NHS underspend to help tackle the immediate crisis.
Previously, BIADS split its services between two sites, but have hoped to move to one dedicated site for some time. Money raised through BIADS’ ‘Buy a Brick for BIADS’ campaign and two funding grants from the Barnsley Health and Social Care Innovations Fund have helped fund the charity’s move to Joseph Exley House. The new dedicated centre will help them provide more services to local people and their carers.
Over £1.8 billion has been cut from local council budgets for older people’s social care since the Coalition came to power. Charges for vital services for people with dementia, like home help, are increasing and vary hugely across the country. Michael has called on the Government to use £700m from this year’s NHS underspend to help tackle the immediate crisis.
In the long run, Labour's plans for ‘whole person care’ would see the full integration of the NHS and social care, helping to raise care standards and deliver better value for money too.
Commenting, Michael said:
“BIADS’ move to their new dedicated dementia support centre is very welcome. This move will allow their great team to provide more fantastic services for local people and their carers. It is an honour to be their patron.
“David Cameron needs to do much more to help people with dementia who are suffering now. Many people have seen home care taken away or are paying much higher charges for the care they receive. This Government’s cuts have pushed the care system to breaking point. David Cameron should use £700 million from this year’s NHS underspend to help tackle the immediate crisis.
“With some 3,000 people in Barnsley currently suffering from dementia, BIADS’ dedicated centre is much needed. The fantastic work BIADS do in helping their ever growing number of members cannot be overstated. Their staff and volunteers are truly inspiring.