Dame Barbara Windsor urges Johnson to 'sort out' dementia care

Dame Barbara Windsor urges Johnson to 'sort out' dementia care

  • 6 August 2019
Image caption Dame Barbara Windsor has met Boris Johnson several times, including when he appeared on EastEnders in 2009

Dame Barbara Windsor has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to "sort out" care for people who have dementia.

The former EastEnders star, who has Alzheimer's, launched an open letter with her husband Scott Mitchell to coincide with their appointment as ambassadors for Alzheimer's Society.

Ministers in England have been promising to publish plans on social care reforms since 2017.

The government said Mr Johnson was "committed to fixing" the care system.

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Alzheimer's Society said since March 2017 people in the UK with dementia have spent more than one million unnecessary days in hospital "despite being well enough to go home" - at a cost to the NHS of more than £400m.

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Image caption Dame Barbara Windsor and her husband Scott Mitchell

Dame Barbara, who turned 82 on Tuesday, urged others to join her in signing the open letter calling for a "long-term funding solution to end the social care crisis".

"[Me and my husband are] lucky to have amazing support but my heart goes out to the many, many people who are really struggling to get the care they so desperately need," Dame Barbara wrote.