Jeremy Hunt MP, the Secretary of State for Health, has said the NHS would be a priority for a Conservative government. Speaking to the Conservative Party conference today (30 Sep), Mr Hunt outlined measures he would take to make the UK “the best country in the world to grow old in”. Calling dementia “one of the most terrifying conditions of all”, he underlined actions taken so far to tackle the condition, including the G8 Dementia Summit that was held in December.
Hilary Evans, Director of External Affairs at Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said: “Mr Hunt is right to highlight dementia as one of our greatest medical challenges: its impact on the NHS, as well as on the lives of over 830,00 people across the UK and their families, is enormous. Alzheimer’s Research UK welcomes the Secretary of State’s commitment to improving care for people with dementia and his continued support for research into dementia. It’s important that we see sustained, long-term investment in research if we are to tackle this crisis head on.”