The panel reviewing the decision to stop children's heart surgery in Leeds is meeting in the city. The Independent Configuration Panel has been asked by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to look at the closure of the unit.
The Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts made the announcement earlier this year that surgery at the region's only paediatric cardiac unit would close, meaning patients have to travel to Newcastle or Liverpool for treatment.
over 11,500 people with dementia from black and minority ethnic groups
Two thirds of people with dementia are women
The proportion of people with dementia doubles for every 5 year age group
One third of people over 95 have dementia
60,000 deaths a year are directly caused by dementia
Delaying the onset of dementia by 5 years would reduce dementia deaths by 30,000 a year
There are 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK
64% of people living in care homes have a form of dementia
Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community while one third live in a care home
Only 43% of people in the UK get a diagnosis
The Alzheimer's Society also warns there will be than a million people with dementia by 2021. Already the cost of dementia to the UK is £23 billion this year alone. Family carers of people with dementia save the UK over £8 billion a year.
Jeremy Hunt today announced £50 million will be made available to NHS Trusts and local authorities working in partnership with social care providers to help hospitals and care homes cater for people with dementia.
The funding will be used to develop more initiatives like the ‘butterfly scheme’ uses across Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.
The system involves placing a butterfly symbol on the bed of a patient with dementia. It is also highlighted in their care records, appointment records and on patient flow boards so that staff know they need extra help.
“Being one of the best for dementia is a priority for this Government, and doing what we can to help people with the condition feel more safe and secure in their environment is an important part of this. “Responding with dignity and compassion to dementia is the only sensible reaction to the urgent challenges we face as our population ages.”
The Health Secretary has ordered a review into a controversial decision to close three children's heart surgery units, including one in Leeds.
Jeremy Hunt has asked the Independent Reconfiguration Panel to carry out a review into the decision to close the units at Leeds General Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and the Royal Brompton in Chelsea in west London.
The panel will decide by February whether it believes the recommendations to close the units will streamline paediatric heart services. The panel will decide by February whether it believes the recommendations to close the units will streamline paediatric heart services.