Dementia will be ‘massive future problem’

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DEMENTIA will cause a massive problem for the local health service in the years to come, a GP has warned.

Dr Greg Wilcox, a key figure in the newly-formed Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group, and GP at Harold Road Surgery was addressing Rye Town Council’s public services committee.

He said: “Dementia is a massive burden coming our way soon. People are living longer and surviving strokes and cardiac problems.

“It will be a massive issue for us in the near future.

“The dementia service was secondary care. Now it is moving into primary care.”

Dr Wilcox’s comments coincide with an announcement that the CCG is to hold a public in Rye on May 16.

The Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has taken over the role previously carried out by the Primary Care Trust.

Led by local GPs, the CCG is responsible for ensuring the right health services are in place and that they are accessible to residents.

Dr Wilcox said: “I do have reservations in that demand is rising and our expectations of the national health service are also rising. We have not had that public debate yet and it is a major concern.”

Dr Wilcox outlined the CCG’s priorities such as preventing people from dying prematurely and trying to prevent people from getting ill in the first place.

He said: “We want to improve matters in the health service, particularly with alcohol-related illness. Joining up care will be difficult. The last thing we want is fragmented services and hospitals that are unsustainable.”

The CCG public meeting starts at noon in the Main Hall of the Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road, Rye.

Questions from the public are welcomed and should be made in writing to Kerry Smith, Bexhill Hospital, Holliers Hill, Bexhill, East Sussex TN40 2DZ or email kerrysmith8@nhs.net.