Minister answers calls for national dementia plan

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Care services minister, Ivan Lewis faced tough questions from people with dementia and their carers during a speech at the Alzheimer’s Society conference for the launch of the Dementia UK report which says dementia costs Britain £17 billion each year. Speaking about the role of a national dementia strategy, Mr Lewis said he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of having a really clear, distinct national approach to dementia. “We’re not there yet but as part of these reviews, that’s the kind of thing we need to resolve,” said Mr Lewis. “I also personally believe that Alzheimer’s is a cause that deserves some level of priority status. The hidden reality of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia has been a quiet issue for a few passionate pioneers. Today a light has been shone on dementia in a way that it hasn’t been perhaps in this country previously.” In late February, angry campaigners and professionals questioned the minister on the criteria for NHS Continuing Care and the assessment for social

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