Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has welcomed her recent appointment as Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Group for Dementia.
The published mission of this cross-party grouping of MP’s is to improve the understanding of dementia amongst the wider public but most importantly to ratchet up the pressure on Central Government to increase its investment in hard-pressed local dementia services.
There have been growing calls from across the political spectrum for a dramatic shift in Government policy. Already stretched public services are finding it increasingly difficult to meet the pressures posed by growing levels of dementia in our communities. The numbers living with dementia in recent years has steadily grown in part due to the UK’s rapidly ageing population. Around 50 million people live with dementia worldwide and this number is growing by nearly 10 million each and every year – the equivalent of a new case every 3 seconds.
Judith said commenting on her appointment “It was a real honour to be appointed Vice-Chair of this respected and passionate Parliamentary Group of MPs. What unites all MPs, whatever their political allegiance, is the desire to see those diagnosed with dementia properly supported with the right advice and treatment as they try to manage their illness. Although local services are doing their best in very challenging circumstances, too many people living with dementia still struggle to access the care and support that they so desperately need. This can and must change.”