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Dementia patients overwhelm Scottish system

The (Edinburgh) Scotsman‘s Adam Morris won the Guild of Health Writers’ “Best Regional Health Feature” award for his investigation into how an overwhelmed local health system was failing its growing population of dementia patients. Here’s the overview of his example-laden piece:

The growing strain which caring for an ever-increasing number of patients with dementia has placed on the region’s hospitals has led to a series of complaints from families and watchdogs.

They paint a picture of often hard-pressed staff struggling to cope with the challenges of caring for their confused and vulnerable patients, while those with dementia are frequently “left to rot” with precious little stimulation beyond the visits of family and friends.

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