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29
Sep

Dementia services localised


Care Service Minister Paul Burstow has said that local organisations will be held to account and expected to publish how they are providing quality care for people with dementia. The plans, which were announced as part of the revised Dementia Strategy Implementation Plan, have identified four main priorities: providing good-quality early diagnosis and intervention for all; improving quality of care in general hospitals; allowing patients to live well with dementia in care homes; and reducing the use of antipsychotic medication.   

 

 

[quote top=Burstow commented]Dementia is one of the most important issues that we face as our population ages. We spend £8.2bn a year caring for those affected. In this tough economic climate, we must be realistic. It's not about extra resources but how we can think smarter using the resources we already have.


The Implementation Plan reflects the Coalition Government’s priorities. It’s about getting resource to the people that need them rather than tied up in backroom bureaucracy. Local organisations will be expected to publish how they are delivering on quality outcomes so that they can be held to account by local people.[/quote]


The Alzheimer’s Society interim chief executive, Ruth Sutherland, welcomed the news, saying: “This plan is an exciting opportunity to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. It fully recognises the dementia crisis facing us today and signals that dementia must be made a priority. We now need to put these plans into action. 


“Investing sensibly in dementia now will improve people’s lives and could potentially save hundreds of millions of pounds. As a million people develop dementia in the next 10 years, everyone has a role to play.” 

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