Add Alzheimer’s patients to the list of people Tories hate, if you haven’t already done so.

They’ve failed to ensure funding for dementia care has kept pace with the number of patients and now, because of Brexit, they are ushering the experts out of the country.

And what happens to people with the condition then?

A predicted exodus of European doctors, nurses and care workers following Brexit will be disastrous for Alzheimer’s patients and their families, according to a pioneering dementia scientist who was on Tuesday named as a joint recipient of the world’s most prestigious prize in neuroscience.

Speaking at a press conference in London ahead of the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Brain prize, Prof John Hardy, of University College London, described the UK leaving the EU as an “unmitigated disaster for science and an unmitigated disaster for the health service”, adding that he planned to donate some of his prize money to the anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain.

Hardy said NHS services have already been left “close to collapse” because, as the number of patients with dementia in the UK has risen to nearly 1m, funding has not kept pace. If doctors and care staff leave the country in significant numbers the system will be placed under even more severe pressure, Hardy said.

Source: Brain prize winner calls Brexit a ‘disaster’ for the NHS and science | Science | The Guardian

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