With dementia overtaking heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, SFE finds that the UK is heading for an incapacity crisis due to the low uptake of health and welfare LPAs. Our research shows that public awareness of health and welfare LPAs is low, with many consumers believing their next of kin has the understanding and legal authority to make health and welfare decisions on their behalf.
We partnered with independent think tank, Centre for Future Studies, to create a report which revealed the UK is leaving medical and care preferences to chance. The report was the basis of our news story in which we put a figure on the number of people in the UK predicted to lack the capacity to make their own decisions by 2025.
The report highlights the ‘incapacity crisis’ and the issues stemming from it, as well as the reasons to think about personal medical and care preferences, talk about them and write down with the help of a specialist expert.
We also received the support from seven leading organisations including Alzheimer’s Society, Dying Matters, Anchor, SOLLA and Age UK. SFE’s whitepaper was also endorsed by Professor Ilora, the Baroness, Finlay.
SFE’s whitepaper in the media
In addition to the regional toolkits our FAMs received, we distributed the report to a variety of national and trade outlets. Overall, we have appeared in more than 26 online and print publications, including The Times, The Sun, Daily Express, Law Society Gazette and Moneywise.
Our Director, Michael Culver, also spoke on BBC Radio 4’s ‘You & Yours’ last week to discuss the topic in more detail.
You can view the report and its media summary at https://sfe.legal/the-incapacity-crisis-a-nation-unprepared/
(This page is available to the public.)
Regional press coverage is also coming in thick and fast. We are updating the website with the coverage. This will be able in the members area of the SFE website, under regional news and PR.