The Health Secretary will today outline his ambition to make England "the best place in Europe to grow old".
Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary and MP for South West Surrey dropped a real clanger during today's bell ringing ceremony.
. "This is absolutely not acceptable," said Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman. "How much more evidence does David Cameron need?"
We recently reported on the use of the controversial 'Liverpool Care Pathway' for terminally-ill patients in our hospitals. Some viewers responded to say loved-ones have been placed on the pathway - the withdrawal of medicine, food and fluids from patients - without proper notification.
But many see it as a necessity - palliative care easing pain and distress in the final days and hours of life. Today, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt faced questions about the use of the so-called death pathway when he visited a hospice in Kent. Sarah Saunders reports.
Jeremy Hunt will visit Eastbourne today and "commit to making England one of the best countries in Europe to be old" as he bids to put improving dementia care at the heart of his priorities as Health Secretary.
In his first major speech as the Secretary of State since the Conservative conference, he will tell local authority care chiefs they "must take the lead" in making a difference on dementia, party insiders said.
He will also announce a new £50million fund to invest in hospital wards and care homes that treat people with dementia.
The PM said the he had no plans to legislate, although he hinted ministers would not stand in the way of MPs attempting to introduce a backbench Bill.
Meanwhile, Home Secretary Theresa May echoed Culture Secretary Maria Miller earlier this week in suggesting a more limited reduction to 20 weeks.