Ruffley supports 'Hands Off Dementia Drugs' as patron of West Suffolk branch of the Alzheimer's Society

Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

David Ruffley MP will join members of the West Suffolk Branch of the Alzheimer's Society on Friday, 17 November at their office in the Risbygate Centre, Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds at 2.30 p.m. to support their national campaign 'Hands off Dementia Drugs'.

The Alzheimer's Society has expressed outrage at the NICE appeal panel's rejection of the Alzheimer's Society's appeal on access to Alzheimer's drugs.

They aim to achieve fair access to fully funded NHS care for the elderly who suffer from the disease at any stage. Instead, the NICE panel have decided not to change the original guidance of the Appraisal Committee stating that Alzheimer's drugs should only be prescribed to people in the 'moderate' stages of the disease, not in the early or later stages.

David said: 'The elderly are a vulnerable group in society and it is vital that they are taken care of by the government. Alzheimer's is an incredibly serious condition, one that requires treatment.

'My constituents should not be punished for reckless government spending and increased bureaucracy that has seen the NHS fall into astonishing deficit levels and forced drug cut backs of this kind.'