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OF COURSE both the Westminster and National Assembly governments need to put more money into supporting dementia services, but if the early-onset service provided by the voluntary Alzheimer's Society in Cardiff is brought to a stop, it will only be because our local health board has made a decision not to fund it.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has a budget of pounds 930m this year, and it is truly incomprehensible that pounds 30,000 cannot be found to continue the service. We are constantly being told by the board that mental health is a priority. Well here's a chance for the board to show it. Most users of mental health services, particularly dementia services, live in the community and need community-based services. So why does most of the money get spent on hospital services? If you are a carer or know someone with dementia who is not getting the support in the community which they need, write to the people really responsible for making the decision to fund, or not to fund, community-based mental health services. All are members of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and all can be reached at their corporate HQ in Whitchurch Hospital.

They are - Mutale Merrill (vicechairwoman with particular responsibility for mental health services); Professor Howard Young (community member); Margaret McLaughlin and Morgan Fackrell (voluntary sector members).

Rita Austin ex-Community Member, Cardiff Local Health Board
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 16, 2010
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