House of Lords written question – answered on 29th July 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Finlay of Llandaff Baroness Finlay of Llandaff Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to issue commissioning guidance to improve links between neurological and dementia services with a view to enabling Parkinson’s dementia to be diagnosed at the earliest opportunity.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Clinical commissioning groups are responsible for commissioning services for people in their area and are responsible for ensuring that people with dementia get the care and support they need.

The dementia enhanced service (DES) requires practices who take up the DES to offer a dementia assessment for patients on the GP register who are “at risk” of developing dementia including people with long-term neurological conditions which have a known neurodegenerative element e.g. Parkinson’s disease.

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