Dementia is the illness most feared by people in England over the age of 55, yet in the past it has not received the attention it needs.
One of the Government’s priorities is the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with dementia – our goal is that this should be among the best in Europe.
- The objective for the NHS Commissioning Board is to make measurable progress towards achieving this by March 2015, in particular ensuring timely diagnosis and the best available treatment for everyone who needs it, including support for their carers.
- We want the Board to work with clinical commissioning groups, to achieve significant improvements in diagnosis of dementia.
- The NHS Commissioning Board will publish the expected level of diagnosis across the country through to March 2015.
- And because people with dementia, their carers and professionals rightly need to feel confident that a diagnosis of dementia will improve the lives of people with the disease, the Board should work with clinical commissioning groups to support local proposals for making the best treatment available across the country.