Care minister: dementia strategy must continue
Caring Times, February 2014
In Parliament in January, Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke tabled a debate on improving dementia care and services in the UK.
During the debate, care services minister Norman Lamb signalled that momentum from the National Dementia Strategy for England must be sustained beyond 2014.
When referring to the end of the strategy he said, ‘it is absolutely clear – that something must follow; there must be a continuation.’
The Alzheimer’s Society commented that: “It’s encouraging to see government recognising the need for a refreshed national dementia strategy for England.
“Dementia is a major health challenge costing the UK £23 billion per year and was rightly chosen as the focus of the G8 Summit.
“We’re really pleased that the government is signalling that they will develop a new strategy to build on the really positive work done so far for people with dementia.
“It’s vital that the Government now takes the necessary steps to develop a new plan and ensure real change for people with dementia.”