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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

College responds to Dilnot report into the funding of long-term care

Embargoed until 04 July 2011

Commenting on the report of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support (the Dilnot report), Dr Peter Connelly, chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age, said:

"We greatly welcome this report. Older people with mental illness, especially dementia, are at much greater risk of being admitted to a care home, especially if they live alone. We encourage the government to accept the report’s findings and reduce the financial burden borne particularly by people with dementia and their families.

"We are aware that much still needs to be done to reduce the chance of admission by genuinely improving community services to allow older people with mental illness to remain at home, without undue risk.

“At a time when many local authorities are under great financial pressure, we recognise the difficulties of increasing their contribution to care. But we hope that the Dilnot report acts as a stimulus to create high-quality services for a very vulnerable group."


For further information, please contact:
Kathy Oxtoby or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538

 

References:

The Commission on Funding of Care and Support presented its findings to the Government in its report Fairer Care Funding, published on 4th July 2011: www.dilnotcommission.dh.gov.uk

 

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