So here it is. Four days away. Five years of…what?
I have been asking the three main parties in England, every day since the campaigning began, what they would do for those of is affected by dementia.
38 tweets so far, some in several parts. Mostly retweeted each day too, by me. To get maximum exposure.
And to try to get a response from the parties.
Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbin, Jo Swinson, Matt Hancock, Jon Ashworth, Luciana Berger…
I have tweeted directly to all of them.
To the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems.
What will you do about post diagnostic support?
What will you do to introduce a consistent model of care…everywhere.
What will you do about support and respite and benefits for unpaid family and other carers?
What will you do about the £12bn cut from social care funding in nine years?
Why should we vote for you?
We are legion…we are 1.35 million.
We could swing seats.
We could choose the next government.
And the responses I have received have been staggering
…ly non existent.
I have had an average of 15 retweets a day.
140,000 impressions over 28 days.
I have reached a lot of people. And each retweet has gone to those party twitter accounts.
But, no, they have not replied.
And, which is much worse, and much more depressing, the parties have said almost nothing about dementia.
Conservatives say they will double government funding for research. [Pharma may carry out the research; pharma will reap any income from treatments.]
And put £1.5bn into social care (after their £12bn cuts), though with no mention if dementia care. And work on a plan for social care in the future.
And sometime in the next five years no one having to pay for care will have to sell their house.
[Watch those weasel words…should they have added ‘during their lifetime’?]
Labour will make social care after age 65 free, with a lifetime cap of £100,000.
I don’t understand this. Why charge under 65s? As if they have a choice. £100k will bust them.
Labour will repeal Lansley’s Health and Care Act which created independent local healthcare systems/CCGs. They will deliberately create single models or pathways across the country, which would be good for dementia care, as long as the model is appropriate/right/co-designed.
Libdem policy seems to be, like the others, to simply (‘simply’?) put somewhere between £30-£40bn into the NHS.
So which proposals relating to those affected by dementia should we vote for?
Up to you!
But let me just add…
I read a cartoon by an Australian recently (in the Guardian). Aussies would apparently kill for some of the stuff Labour is planning. And the cartoonist could not understand why anyone would choose more austerity and poverty and lying buffoonery over fairness and justice and equality.
And I agree.
Hold your nose if you have to…but vote for what is right.