Responding to new figures showing that 6,046 people died from Alzheimer's and other dementias in 2021 with these deaths 1.3 times as likely to occur in the most deprived parts of Scotland, compared to the least deprived, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
"Dementia has heart-breaking consequences for those diagnosed and their families. A co-ordinated package of support is critical to ensure people with dementia can understand and adjust to their diagnosis.
"Right now dementia support is going backwards and deaths are still too high, particularly in our most deprived communities
"Scottish Liberal Democrats want to scrap charges for care services delivered at home, helping people to stay in their homes if they choose and making sure people do not have to pay for their care when they have advanced dementia.
"Rather than take these sensible steps to help people in need, the SNP/Green government is focused on a top down reorganisation of care services which will mean less say for care users and local communities."