I read today in the news about the horrendous scam whereby a person with dementia costs £30K a year to keep, and they have to pay £20K themselves.
These figures are rounded because I can't be arsed to look them up.
If you have, say, cancer, it costs about the same but you don't have to pay.
Now, please have a go at the system, the evil Tories, whatever, while I tell you some facts.
People with dementia largely sit around all day, not having any idea what day it is, what time it is, what their name is, or who you are when you visit them. Don't argue, because this is true. My mum had it, I go regularly to see my mate's mum who also has it.
I live very well indeed on a whole heck of a lot less than £30K a year, and that includes all the alcohol I can drink, all the fags I can smoke, and all the curry I can fit in my neck.
So what? I hear you ask.
This is what. If I put ten of me in here, I could live on about a ninth of what I live on. Add to that the Phillipino, etc., staff, who are paid absolute pittances.
Dementia patients do not get medical care, unless they need a doctor, who is then brought in. And is on the NHS.
Now. Ask this question. WHY does it cost £30K a year?
The answer is: it doesn't. It never did. But as long as there are rascals who want to make money hand over fist, it will cost £30K a year.
And nobody will believe me. And this rumour will carry on circulating, and nothing will be done.