This is an important article published in the Japan Times. It reports that the Japanese government said on Wednesday that it hopes to train 10,000 doctors and 12 million people nationwide to support dementia patients by fiscal 2020. It explained that the numerical targets were among new fiscal 2020 interim goals in the government’s new Orange Plan strategy on dementia care that covers the years through fiscal 2025, which ends in March 2026.
This article is worth reflection.
Firstly, Japan has an acute problem of an aging population but many advanced Western countries like the UK will soon have similar problems.
Secondly, Japan has recognized the social and economic challenge of dementia and has adopted a strategic approach to coping with the economic and social challenges of dementia.
It’s worth a quick comparison to the UK. Let me clarify the context from an earlier blog
The welfare system in many advanced countries has been abused and poorly managed. Socialists have become the new conservatives trying to prop us the crumbling welfare state. Meanwhile, conservatives have botched it, by relying on progressive and prolonged austerity, rather than radical reform.
UK Conservative, ‘weak and wobbly’ leader, Theresa May, ducked radical reform and strategic solutions – her best offering was the Dementia Tax (which was quickly withdrawn). Meanwhile, Labour’s Far-Left opposition will simply throw more money at the NHS and local authorities.
It’s no great leap to translate the 12 million helpers proposed in the Japanese strategy to the UK context. Yes, let’s reform welfare and find 12 million UK helpers. As for the 10,000 support doctors, that’s part of a strategic solution for UK public healthcare – see earlier blog entitled: Opinion – Hunger, filth, fear and death”: remembering life before the NHS – New Statesman.