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Dementia Care Must Improve, PAC Argues

Magazine article Public Finance

Dementia Care Must Improve, PAC Argues

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Senior MPs have called for dementia to be afforded the same status in the NHS as cancer and coronary heart disease, to improve the poor rates of diagnosis, treatment and care.

According to a Commons Public Accounts Committee report published on January 24, lack of knowledge among GPs means that dementia fails to be formally diagnosed in up to two-thirds of cases. Many sufferers are not diagnosed early enough and end up in hospital or care homes and deprived of specialist care.

PAC chair Edward Leigh warned that the disease must be given a 'single leader' at the Department of Health, with far greater weight and appropriate investment This was important, as cases are due to rise by 30% over the next 15 years as the average age of the population rises.

Dementia affects more than 560,000 people in England and costs £14bn a year. …

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