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Dementia: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th July 2019.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it is policy to introduce a dedicated dementia fund as recommended by the Alzheimer's Society.

Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve (a) awareness and (b) diagnosis of dementia.

Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much was spent on dementia care in (a) Bexley, (b) London and (c) England in each of the last five years.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We have noted the recent Alzheimer’s Society report. We are committed to publishing a Green Paper on adult social care at the earliest opportunity, setting out proposals for reform. One aspect of the dementia fund proposals was related to personal health budgets. Within Universal Personalised Care, we committed to exploring possible new rights to have personal health budgets in a further five areas across 2019-20, including dementia.

We continue to work with our partners to deliver in full the Challenge on Dementia 2020, which includes commitments to improve awareness of dementia. There are now more than 2.8 million people that are dementia friends and 365 areas in England have committed to become Dementia Friendly Communities.

The Challenge on Dementia 2020 sets out the ambition for two thirds of people with dementia to receive a formal diagnosis. This has been achieved nationally. Our focus now is on reducing the variation in local diagnosis rates, and NHS England have published guidance and put programmes in place to further improve the quality and timeliness of diagnosis across the country.

Information on how much funding was spent on dementia care in Bexley, London and England is not available centrally. NHS England allocates funding to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) which commission services on behalf of their local populations. It is for CCGs to decide how best to use the funding allocated to them in line with local healthcare needs and priorities, working with other local commissioners and organisations.

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