Dame Barbara Windsor begs Boris Johnson for fairer dementia care

As their battle with Alzheimer’s continues, Dame Barbara Windsor and her husband have said many people with dementia are being let down by the system.

The pair want the Tories to stump up the money to make things fairer and to prevent sufferers missing out on care.

Dame Barbara, who turns 82 today, said: “We’re lucky to have amazing support but my heart goes out to the many people who are really struggling to get the care they so desperately need.”

The EastEnders and Carry On legend and husband Scott Mitchell, 56, are joining the Alzheimer’s Society in urging Boris Johnson to fork out £2.4billion to put things right.

Scott said the enormity of the problem has become clear by meeting other dementia sufferers and their families.

He added: “Hearing their stories and seeing the true state of our social care system has shown me how people who aren’t as fortunate to be in the same position as myself and Barbara financially, are facing a constant battle to get what they need.”

The pair have signed an Alzheimer’s Society open letter to the Government.

It says: “The system of support for people with dementia is unfair, unsustainable and needs an urgent overhaul.

“The NHS is committed to… access based on clinical need, not an individual’s ability to pay, and it is time people with dementia were treated the same.”

Patients who have conditions such as cancer have care funded by the NHS.

But with dementia, families are expected to spend their life savings on care.

The outlay is typically around £100,000.

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