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Discussion in 'Dementia-related news and campaigns' started by chip, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. chip

    chip Registered User

    Jul 19, 2005
    400
    Scotland
    I sent an e mail to the head of a party in the house of commons to highlight all of our worries concerns about caring and finance and what really is going on. I got this e mail back i though you would all be interested in.
    We are very grateful to you for highlighting the plight of carers and have taken on board the points you have made. This is an area of policy that he takes very seriously indeed.
    He strongly believes that helping carers is the best way to help those they are caring for, which is why we need to look at expanding direct payments and putting money in the hands of carers.
    As you may know we are currently in the midst of a thorough and comprehensive policy review, which includes policies to help carers.
    I'm therefore copying your e mail to the Social Care sub-group of the Public Services Improvement Group.
    If anyone wants to know who this is PM me and i will give you their name and e mail. I've started the ball rolling anyone want to follow?
     
  2. Chris Edgerton

    Chris Edgerton Registered User

    Oct 22, 2003
    73
    Warwick District
    What's all the secrecy old girl?

    What's all the secrecy old girl?

    Just say it's a conservative lead/established talk shop by David Cameron MP.

    Click here to visit web site.

    Hope our English conservatives think more of people with dementia than their conservative colleges in America – it’s the second year now that Bush has cut the matching grants program to develop delivery of services to those with Alzheimer’s and their carers.

    It’s a bit like our present socialist government?

    Yours fraternally

    Chris

    PS have email my conservative PM to ask him to support the liberal democrats early day motion on the Alzheimer’s recent paper on Dementia – I’ll see what happens.
     
  3. Clive

    Clive Registered User

    Nov 7, 2004
    716
    My MP does not react to emails. I find it best to go eyeball to eyeball. Let us know if he signs EDM 991 about Dementia.

    By the way, did you notice that MPs are more interested in signing the next EDM 992 which is about football?
     
  4. chip

    chip Registered User

    Jul 19, 2005
    400
    Scotland
    Eh old girl? I'm of working age a long time yet to go. And not being secret just didnt want to be political.
     
  5. Chris Edgerton

    Chris Edgerton Registered User

    Oct 22, 2003
    73
    Warwick District
    See my MP's view on carers

    First, sorry old girl, it's just that most conservative woman supports are over retirement age with a blue rinse.

    And Clive my MP Jeremy Wright did sign the petition.


    Also see Jeremy Wright Member of Parliament for Rugby & Kenilworth writes on carers:

    Abstract

    One final question needs to be asked. Why, with all the calls on the government’s time and demands on its purse, should older carers merit so much attention? The answer is not just moral, it is demographic. It isn’t just that these are people who are struggling because they are doing the right thing and in doing so allowing taxpayers’ money to be spent on the care of others, it is also that we need to recruit more of them. People are living longer with debilitating conditions and there are fewer people of working age to look after them. The burden of caring will inevitably move to older carers. If we fail to ensure they remain willing to shoulder that burden, it is unlikely that the taxpayer could afford to do so instead. On the Carers Emergency Card carried in Warwickshire is written “Someone is depending on me.” In truth, we all are.

    To download Jeremy's article on carers from the pamphlet "The Forgotten" - a selection of essays on society’s most vulnerable people CLIK HERE.

    Yours fraternally

    Chris
     
  6. Gromit

    Gromit Registered User

    Apr 3, 2006
    187
    Edinburgh
    Proposing to send to MP need your comments

    Hi all,

    This is what I propose to send to my local MP up here in Edinburgh, my Mum and Dad's local MP and also to D Cameron. I was wanting your opinion on it before I send if you don't mind. I will send later this afternoon. thanks.


    I am wanting to raise the profile on the plight of Alzheimer sufferers and their carers. We are currently under a government that appears to give with the right hand and take with its left. Not only do sufferers and carers have to deal with the emotional turmoil brought about by this horrible terminal illness but they also face many financial concerns and often find their loved ones in a position where they are not receiving the level of continuing care that the law states should be made available. As a member of the Alzheimers Organisation I urge you to pay a visit to some of the forums where you can listen first hand to the plights of carers and sufferers to understand the real issues out there.

    Many carers (and not only those caring for Alzheimer sufferers) have to give up full time work to provide 24 hour care because they are unable to rely on public services for adequate assistance. The few services that are received, such as day centres and drop in meetings, are serviced by the kind hearts of many volunteers – without whom the plight for carers and sufferers would be made even more unbearable.

    The majority of Alzheimer sufferers (and all those other poor souls who need care due to equally distressing debilities) have worked hard throughout their lives, paid their dues in taxes and contributed positively to society. As a nation we should feel immense shame that in their time of need (when they should be able to enjoy the rewards of all that hard work) the Government does not provide the level of financial support and care that befits these individuals. Instead, they choose to take away homes to pay for an under funded care service (which most certainly is not the fault of those who entrusted their hard earned tax to the Government in the first place).

    A Government whose fiscal policy takes away from the vulnerable to compensate for shortfalls they have created elsewhere is shocking.

    I feel particular vehemence against the current system we have for Alzheimer sufferers, their plight is made all the more difficult because of two main issues 1) the majority of sufferers are elderly (excepting the early on-set sufferers – which is an issue I will address later) and 2) Alzhiemers is an often misunderstood disease and carries a dreadful social stigma. We already are aware that the elderly do not always received the care that befits a long time contributor to our society but couple that with a misunderstood disease and the results can be catastrophic.

    As for those unfortunate individuals that have early on-set Alzhiemers well then the system really does not know how to cope as Alzhiemers is often viewed as a disease of the elderly.

    To sum up, we currently have a Government (and perhaps sadly a society in part) that continues to ignore the plight of the vulnerable. Working hard and contributing to society are ethics that many of us stand by, however, it would seem that this ethos is not recognised by the Government, for we can now expect to be exploited in the future when we need the help of the public services the most. We need a responsible Government and a responsible society. What do you propose to address these issues?
     

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