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article imageNew measures to improve dementia diagnosis rates

By Tim Sandle     May 21, 2013 in Health
London - In the U.K., new efforts have been announced to tackle what the U.K. government has described as "shockingly low" rates of dementia diagnosis.
In response to government concerns, the U.K. Department of Health has unveiled plans that will aim to ensure that more people with dementia are identified and given appropriate support. According to GP Online the improved surveillance is intended to be in place by 2015, and this is estimated to identify around an additional 160,000 patients.
The government has also announced that by 2015, annual funding of dementia research will increase to around £66 million and projects will be launched to raise awareness of the condition. Further plans are also designed to enhance the quality of care available to sufferers.
According to the BBC, there is an estimated 670,000 people with dementia in England alone. However, it is also estimated that some 350,000 of these people remain undiagnosed. The government’s projections also predict that the problem of dementia is likely to increase as the U.K. population ages.
Speaking on the reforms the government Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt stated: "Dementia is a serious and growing problem so this ambitious drive to see a clear majority of people identified and supported is a major step forward."
Also commenting on the plans, Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said to the Evening Standard: "The past year has seen huge progress in the fight against dementia... But the fight is not nearly over. Less than half of people with dementia have a diagnosis, denying them the support they need to live well. Today's announcement is a welcome step towards fighting that. It's not just about diagnosis. We need a change in the way society thinks, talks and acts about the disease."
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