Dementia Strategy

– in the Scottish Parliament on 17th March 2011.

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Photo of John Farquhar Munro John Farquhar Munro Liberal Democrat

13. To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the implementation of the dementia strategy. (S3O-13371)

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

Implementation of the strategy is progressing well. For example, care standards and a national skills and competencies framework for health and social care staff are on track to be published this year. A formal report on year 1 of the strategy’s implementation will be published in June, as per the commitment in the strategy.

Photo of John Farquhar Munro John Farquhar Munro Liberal Democrat

I thank the minister for her positive response. Like my colleague Nicol Stephen, this is probably the last time that I will speak in the Parliament, but I think and hope that many of the people on the front benches will return to carry on the good work that is going on. I will be delighted if the dementia strategy is foremost in their thoughts as the Scottish Government implements new policies.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

I thank John Farquhar Munro for his kind and supportive words and I wish him well in the future. I know of his interest in the dementia strategy. The issue has been important to the Government and to me, because it has the potential to touch so many people’s lives, so it is appropriate that John Farquhar Munro has ended his parliamentary career with a question on the issue. I wish him all the best.

Photo of Irene Oldfather Irene Oldfather Labour

I draw the minister’s attention to the most recent meeting of the cross-party group on Alzheimer’s, at which we heard from research experts in the field. Is she aware that the Scottish dementia clinical research network’s funding is guaranteed only until March 2012? Does she agree that if we are to achieve the world-class status to which the dementia strategy refers, a commitment to long-term, secure funding is vital, to enable the network to undertake much-needed long-term planning?

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

I acknowledge the member’s long-term interest in the issue and the good work of the cross-party group, which was very much involved in the development of the dementia strategy. The research network’s funding is secure until March 2012, as she said. Funding for research into dementia is important and I am sure that that will help to inform discussions on future funding of the network.

Photo of Trish Godman Trish Godman Labour

Question 14 was not lodged. Question 15 was withdrawn.