MEPs Taylor and Yannakoudakis host European Parliament debate
Tuesday 11 October 2011
Keith Taylor, MEP (UK) co-hosted a lunch debate in the European Parliament on 11 October alongside Marina Yannakoudakis, MEP (UK). The debate was organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia in the UK (APPG) and the Alzheimer’s Society (AS). APPG and AS presented the findings of their 2011 enquiry "The £20 billion question: an enquiry into improving lives through cost-effective dementia services."
The enquiry found that shifting resources away from hospitals into community-based services can improve the quality of life of the people with dementia and bring savings to the health and social care systems. These savings would in turn cover early intervention services, carer support services, mental health liaison teams for elderly people and prevention services.
Mr Taylor welcomed the event as a valuable opportunity to share best practice and knowledge at EU level on this crucial issue. As shadow rapporteur for the ECR group for the European Parliament Resolution on a European initiative on Alzheimer’s disease, Ms Yannakoudakis reminded the audience about the necessity to increase awareness about dementia, the importance of early diagnosis and the need to increase research in dementia.
The lunch debate was well-attended with representatives from the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament and Permanent Representations to the EU, Belgian policy makers and social care professionals, health professionals, Alzheimer’s disease associations, NGOs and industry.