Dementia: Diagnosis

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th September 2021.

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Photo of Greg Smith Greg Smith Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to (a) restore dementia diagnosis to pre-covid-19 levels and (b) improve the diagnosis rate to above those levels.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We continue to closely monitor the dementia diagnosis rate on a monthly basis. The Government has made £17 million available this financial year to NHS England and NHS Improvement to reduce dementia waiting lists and increase the number of diagnoses. NHS England and NHS Improvement are working to deliver targeted efforts to support recovery of referrals, diagnosis, and where appropriate, support access to post-diagnostic support.

We will be setting out our plans on dementia for England for future years in due course, including improving diagnosis rates.

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