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Dementia care onus falls on families, say GPs

Hundreds of thousands of people are being let down by lack of support from the NHS and social care, according to a report from Alzheimer’s Society.

Over three quarters of GPs (77%) think their patients with dementia rely on family as they don't get enough help from health and social care services. Almost as many (73%) believe their patients are forced to depend on friends, neighbours and other unpaid carers for support, finds a survey of over 1,000 family doctors about levels of care for people with dementia.

The poll finds that half of GPs think the NHS is doing too little to care for people with the condition. More than two-thirds believe patients don't get enough provision from adult social services after a diagnosis