As western population demographic numbers begin to shift, with over numbers of over 70′s dwarfing the under 30′s, there exists a ticking time bomb which no one wants to talk about.
The UK has a dementia time bomb on its hands…
The sheer scale of the problem might compel one to ask: what causes Altzheimer’s disease and how it be treated, or even prevented?
We may try and answer that question in a later essay, but for now, let’s do what government, consultants and healthcare brains aren’t doing and be brave enough to admit to the scale of the problem we face today – and tomorrow.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The Express reported, “Unidentified by the NHS, they have no drugs, home help or other assistance to ease their plight. At least 820,000 Britons have a form of dementia, with more than half suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. And official figures have now revealed that at least six out of 10 people from an estimated 634,000 sufferers in England alone are going undiagnosed. That means almost 400,000 are going without key support from the health and social care services.”
Returning to the UK, more exactly Scotland after many years in France, I could call this a move from TSD Land, to PTSD Land – and the facts and figures back that claim.
France like all other aging or mature democracies such as the UK is struggling with the unstoppable growth of Altzheimer’s disease victims, with the curve suggesting the incidence of this disease will be claiming 750,000 new victims per year by the 2020s.
Also having a fast-growing (by EU standards) population and a growing number of childhood cancer victims, as well as adult victims, the French national health spending implications are somber, but what happens to surviving victims of Altzheimers disease, the treatment of which is improving and extending life expectancy of victims?
In Britain, a UK Medical Research Council report of late October provides some of the answers…
The UK annual budget deficit and therefore “borrowing requirement” placed at around 75 billion pounds for 2014-15 are employed almost daily in the Westminster verbal fistfight between the Tory-Liberal Democrat governing coalition and the opposition Labour party which seems to have definitively dropped its “New Labour” label of a few years ago. In any case Labour, if it surprisingly gets back to power in next year’s general elections will have to fill the spending gap on the politically stressful subject of the UK National Health Service.
This is now the English NHS which definitely does not include the Scottish NHS.
Devolution happened already for national healthcare spending, and a rare subject of agreement of the Tory-LibDem-Labour parties is that Scotland made a dangerous and irresponsible spending pledge on its own NHS, possibly meaning that Scotland will have to borrow or tax another 5 billion pounds a year by 2020.
Scaled on a population basis this would be equivalent to England’s NHS needing an extra 50 billion pounds a year The UK Health minister speaking about his English NHS, says that if the Tory health reforms are adopted by “whatever government follows us next year” England’s health spending would only have to find another 8 billion pounds a year by 201920.
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