• Health and Social Welfare Minister Sajid Javid announces plans to work with the government to increase the £ 375 million already earmarked for neurodegenerative disease research
  • Actions will reduce up to 40% of preventable dementia and explore how new technology, science and medicine can help reduce the number and severity of dementia.
  • Record NHS funding to reduce the gap on Covid will help provide a more timely diagnosis of dementia.

A new 10-year plan to combat dementia will be published later this year, confirmed today (Tuesday, May 17, 2022) Minister of Health and Welfare Sajid Javid.

Speaking at the Alzheimer’s Society Conference in 2022, the Minister of Health and Welfare confirmed that the 10-year plan will focus on how new drugs and new science and technology can be used to improve outcomes for dementia patients across the country .

Record NHS funding will help reduce the backlog of Covid dementia diagnoses: 30,000 people faced delays during the pandemic. This will provide timely support to more than 900,000 people who are believed to be living with dementia in the UK.

The plan will also focus on supporting people with their specific health and care needs living with dementia.

It is projected that by 2025 one million people will live with dementia and 1.6 million by 2040.

The UK government began work on the global dementia issue at the first G8 Dementia Summit in 2013, and the 2020 Dementia Challenge was another milestone, with one million health workers and one million NHS staff trained in dementia awareness.

The government has already allocated £ 375 million to research on neurodegenerative diseases over the next five years, and the health and welfare minister has pledged to work across the government to further boost this.

The government is already working with those who best understand dementia, including the Alzheimer’s Society, before outlining plans to combat dementia.

Up to 40% of dementia is considered potentially prevented, and what is good for the heart is also good for the brain, so the strategy will also include measures to combat high blood pressure, lack of physical activity, alcohol, obesity and promote healthy eating.

The government has already announced other measures to help people with dementia, including:

  • Government social reforms charge for reforms with more generous testing of material values ​​and lifelong limitation of health care spending.
  • White Paper on Integration for Better Communication of Health and Social Care Systems.
  • The Health and Medical Care Act, which will put a person at the center of health care through local systems designed to continuously care for and support people in maintaining their independence, health and well-being.
  • Raise health care and reduce disparities across the country so that everyone has a chance to live a longer and healthier life wherever they come from and regardless of their background.

Background information

  • The full text of the speech is available at gov.uk


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