Paul Burstow calls for improvement in the early diagnosis rates of dementia

Care Services Minister, Paul Burstow, has said that regional variation in the diagnosis rates of dementia must improve.

Speaking at the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia’s report, ‘Unlocking Diagnosis: The key to improving the lives of people with dementia’, he agreed with the report’s findings on the importance of early and accurate diagnosis and set out plans to develop a new tool to help improve dementia services.

Care Services Minister, Paul Burstow said:

“While there is no cure for dementia, we know that early diagnosis and early intervention can help people take control of their condition and plan for the future.

“Some areas are doing fantastic work but there is still too much regional variation. That is why we are driving forward measures to improve the quality of memory services, including work to increase the number of accredited memory services and work to help local commissioners map the need in their area.

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