Today in Parliament, in response to questions from Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP and Rt Hon Paul Burstow MP, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP stated that the National Dementia Strategy for England would be “refreshed and updated”.
The first five-year Strategy was originally published by Labour in 2009 and will expire in April 2014.
Alzheimer’s Society comment:
‘With just over a month to go, we are really pleased that the government has pledged a refreshed and updated National Dementia Strategy for England. Dementia is a major health challenge, costing more than cancer and heart disease combined. When facing a problem of this scale, it is essential to set out future ambitions and allocate necessary funding to deliver real change for people with dementia and their carers. The Government must now set out in detail its plans for a refreshed long-term vision for dementia.
Dr Alison Cook
Director of External Affairs