Friday, 11 January 2013

Dementia Debate yesterday - best debate I have heard in HOC
Yesterday the Backbench Business Committee debated the issue of dementia care: it was a wonderful occasion featuring outstanding speeches, great emotion - as several MPs broke down when reliving their personal experiences, and a collective will to address this terrible disease. There is no difference between heart disease, cancer and dementia. They are all killers. The link above is to my speech but if you are interested in the House of Commons then read the contributions of the Labour members Debbie Abrahams and Margaret Moon. They, amongst many, spoke beautifully.
I spoke as to Northumberlands dementia situation and the difficulties of rural healthcare, but the best news is the increased funding for dementia care and the greater focus that the DOH is now bringing to bear on this disease.