The summer is a quiet time for news and Brexit seems to be at a standstill. So The Daily Mail has polished up some old news and started a campaign about the injustice of people having to sell their homes to pay for dementia care in Residential Homes.
It is old news because the situation has been going on for years. Granted it is getting worse as Care Home fees increase and to make matters worse Social Services are paying lower fees than private payers. It made good headlines and a lot of copy for most of last week.
Loads of relatives came forward to tell their stories of how their family home had been sold. Their inheritance was disappearing before their eyes. Then the celebrities started to add their names to the campaign, followed swiftly by the politicians all proclaiming that something had to be done. Even though they had failed to do anything about the issue for years.
The Daily Mail came up with a 10 point plan, but not one that is based on a very sound analysis of the problem, nor is it likely to work.
I will reflect on what I have written in previous blogs about dementia and especially my comments in the Dilnot Commission report way back in 2011. It seems like both the politicians and The Daily Mail have learned very little .
So perhaps I should try once more. I will collect my thoughts and write a new series of posts over the next few weeks.
MAYBE BORIS WITH HIS LLLP HAT ON WILL LISTEN ?