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NHS needs 'a radical shake-up' in dementia patient care

"A radical shake-up" is needed in the way the NHS deals with patients with dementia - that is the verdict of the first national audit of dementia care in hospitals in England and Wales.

A quarter of hospital beds are occupied by people with dementia but the report found most staff feel they are not sufficiently trained to look after them.

The government said while there is some excellent practice, far too many hospitals are failing to provide appropriate care.

Branwen Jeffreys reports.

  • 16 Dec 2011
  • From the section Health