Carry on, Boris! Johnson greets Dame Barbara Windsor at Downing Street

Carry on, Boris! Johnson greets Dame Barbara Windsor with a kiss as the actress, 82, makes a rare public appearance to call on the Prime Minister to ‘sort out’ dementia care five years after her own Alzheimer’s diagnosis

  • The Carry On and EastEnders actress was greeted with a kiss by Boris Johnson
  • She delivered a letter to the PM pleading for better dementia provisions in UK
  • Mr Johnson held the actress’ hand as they sat in the garden at Downing Street
  • Click here to sign the Daily Mail’s petition to fix Britain’s dementia care crisis

Dame Barbara Windsor called on the Prime Minister to ‘sort out’ dementia care as she made a rare public appearance at 10 Downing Street today.

The Carry On and EastEnders actress, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, was greeted with a kiss by Boris Johnson.

The 82-year-old actress, accompanied by her husband Scott Mitchell, delivered a letter to the Prime Minister pleading for better dementia provisions for sufferers. 

Mr Johnson held the ailing actress’ hand as they sat in the garden, discussing the limitations of dementia care in Britain.

After receiving the letter, signed by more than 50,000 people, Boris said: ‘We’ll do this. We have to sort it out. I’m going to do my best for you. It’s a big old job.’

The Carry On and EastEnders actress, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, was greeted with a kiss by Boris Johnson today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) speaks with British actress Barbara Windsor (centre) and her husband Scott Mitchell (left)

Mr Johnson held the ailing actress’ hand as they sat in the garden, discussing the limitations of dementia care in Britain

Speaking before the meeting, Dame Barbara said her ‘heart goes out’ to the thousands of others like her living with dementia. 

Her husband Mr Mitchell, who has been meeting those affected by dementia, called on politicians to fix the ‘social care crisis’, calling it a ‘disgrace’.

‘It really seems this is the disease of punishment,’ he said. ‘Not only do people have to live with it and go through the terror and horror – and their loved ones caring for them do too, but on top of that they’ll say “let’s make it a bit more difficult”.

‘I genuinely feel for the people that have to give up their jobs and sell their homes, selling their parents’ homes that they have worked all their lives for.

‘And you do wonder, how did we get here? How did we get to a situation where there is so much disregard for people?

‘The conversation is getting much louder, and much broader, and they can’t ignore it. They can’t ignore what’s going on. It’s a disgrace. This cannot go on any longer.’

After receiving the letter, signed by more than 50,000 people, Boris said: ‘We’ll do this. We have to sort it out. I’m going to do my best for you. It’s a big old job’

Dame Barbara’s husband Mr Mitchell, who has been meeting those affected by dementia, called on politicians to fix the ‘social care crisis’, calling it a ‘disgrace’.

The 82-year-old actress, accompanied by her husband Scott Mitchell, delivered a letter to the Prime Minister pleading for better dementia provisions for sufferers.

Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said: ‘Barbara and Scott’s commitment to helping us achieve our goals is so inspiring.

‘Not only are they going through their own deeply personal experience of dementia, they are also leading our campaign, and Scott is visiting others affected to get a broader insight from those desperately battling the care system to try and get the support and care they need.

‘One million people in the UK will have dementia by 2021 – yet the system is in disarray, completely unprepared to support the growing numbers of people receiving a dementia diagnosis.’

People with dementia and their families often have to spend typical care costs of £100,000 ‘just because they happened to have developed dementia and not some other disease’, the charity says.

  • Click here to sign the Daily Mail’s petition to fix Britain’s dementia care crisis 

Dame Barbara Windsor and Scott Mitchell deliver an open letter to the Prime Minister on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society

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