Coping with dementia in Japan, HMRC call waiting, Forth Road Bridge closure

4.5 million people have dementia in Japan, compared with 850,000 in the UK. Japan has the oldest population in the world, and it has been forced to deal with many problems the UK still struggles with, such as with organisation and paying for care. In the second of her reports from Japan, Samantha Fenwick reports on how people with dementia are being kept active and visible in the community.

Research has found people ringing HM Revenue & Customers are on average waiting 38 minutes to speak with an operator, with much lengthier call waiting times after 6pm. The consumer magazine Which? has criticised the government department, saying it must be more responsive especially ahead of the Self-Assessment tax return deadline. Winifred Robinson speaks to Ruth Owen from HMRC about the changes it has introduced.

Plus the 14 year old who was donated a helicopter ride to get to her cancer treatment. Megan Fletcher was facing a five hour journey after the Forth Road Bridge was closed. We find out how the closure has been affecting health services.

Presented by Winifred Robinson
Produced by Natalie Donovan.

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Thu 17 Dec 2015 12:15

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