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Dementia Research

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 10:32 pm on 16th March 2010.

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Photo of Kelvin Hopkins Kelvin Hopkins Labour, Luton North 10:32 pm, 16th March 2010

I wish to present a petition calling on the Government to increase funding for dementia research. It has been signed by 542 members of Unison and others.

The petition states:

The Petition of members of UNISON and others,

Declares that one million people will develop dementia in the next ten years; that one in three people over the age of 65 will die from dementia but that it can happen at any age; and that while drugs may alleviate some symptoms, there is currently no cure;

Further declares that the Government must fund research to develop better treatments and a cure, and to prevent an NHS crisis; and that for every £283 invested in cancer research, dementia research gets only £1.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government immediately to increase funding for dementia research to help the lives of those affected today, and to reduce the threat in future to the NHS.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.