AM wants to talk on Alzheimer's cash

February 10, 2010 No Comments »

An AM has called for a debate about funding for dementia after it emerged that a vital Cardiff service could be forced to close.

The service for people with early onset Alzheimer’s is due to end in March when lottery funding runs out.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has said it cannot afford the £30,000 a year to keep the it running.

The lack of funding for the Penylan service emerged on the same day as UK-wide report revealing the lack on investment in dementia research, compared to other diseases, such as cancer.

Cardiff Central AM Jenny Randerson yesterday called on the Welsh Assembly Government to bring forward a debate on funding for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

She said, of the Penylan service:

This service provides so much support for people who are having a very tough time, and costs such a small amount of money in comparison.

It would be nothing short of tragic if we lost it because of penny-pinching. The government needs to very carefully consider how they deal with the difficult funding issues Wales is facing.

Scrapping services like this instead of investigating the issues of waste within the NHS is just not fair.

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