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UK targets 'most dementia friendly society' by 2020

The national Dementia Research Institute has been charged with producing a cure by 2025

7 March 2016

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The department for health has announced a raft of changes to the treatment dementia sufferers can expect to receive from the NHS.

A seven-day service, new care standards to be enforced by the Care Quality Commission, and a personal care plan for every dementia sufferer are some of changes to be rolled out.

Meanwhile health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, remains locked in a bitter industrial dispute with junior doctors over work conditions and pay for working weekends.

New strike dates have been announced and are due to be held on 9-11 March, 6-8 April, and 26-28 April.

Hunt however remains resolute and believes the government can deliver on their promises.

'This parliament, I want us to make big progress on the quality of care and treatment.'

'Hospitals can be frightening and confusing places for people with dementia, so our new plan will guarantee them safer seven-day hospital care, as well as tackling unacceptable variations in quality across England through transparent Ofsted style ratings.'

The changes come on the back of the establishment of a national Dementia Research Institute, which has been set the goal of curing dementia by 2025.

As part of the new services, all high-dependency patients will be reviewed by a consultant twice a week.

David Mayhew, chairman of Alzheimer's Research UK, believes the program is a step in the right direction, but has said that international cooperation will lead to better results.

'The UK is leading the way in the fight against dementia.

'This plan lays out a clear direction for driving forward improved care, new treatments and greater awareness, and it will be important to link this strategy to international efforts if we are to have the greatest impact.'

 

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