The NHS will not survive the next 20 years unless funding for dementia improves, leading scientists said today in a letter to the Health Secretary.
Experts from 11 universities and colleges across the UK warned of the consequences from the increasing burden of dementia.
In an open letter to Alan Johnson, they condemned "pitifully low" funding for research into the disease and said the future of the NHS was under threat.
Dementia care currently costs the UK economy more than pounds 17 billion, but that is expected to double to pounds 35 billion within 20 years.
An increasingly ageing population is expected to push the numbers of people suffering dementia up significantly in coming years.
There are currently 700,000 people with dementia in the UK, but that is expected to rise to more than a million by 2025.
Research from the London School of Economics and Institute of Psychiatry last year suggested that more than 1.7 million people in the UK will have dementia by 2051. …