NHS Commissioning Board (Mandate)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 13th November 2012.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health 12:44 pm, 13th November 2012

I thank my right hon. Friend for the work he did at the Department, which is widely recognised on both sides of the House. He is right to talk about the critical role of carers. We have spoken a lot today about dementia. Dementia puts huge pressure on partners of the people affected. Very often, because we do not give the support we need to give at an early stage, people with dementia end up having to go to residential homes, whereas with that support, they would be able to stay at home happily for much longer. It is a critical issue. I hope he will be pleased to see in the section on long-term conditions explicit mention of the role of carers. We will follow the matter closely as the NHS Board implements at a local level the support he mentions.