Dementia: Diagnosis

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th December 2021.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Conservative, Ashford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received from relevant stakeholders and health organisations on plans to tackle the dementia diagnosis backlog.

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

The Department has received correspondence from stakeholders on the dementia diagnosis backlog. The Department also has regular discussions with NHS England and NHS Improvement on this issue.

NHS England and NHS Improvement continue to monitor the dementia diagnosis rate on a monthly basis and analyse trends at regional and sustainability and transformation partnership level to aid targeted recovery efforts. We have allocated to £17 million to NHS England and Improvement to address dementia waiting lists and increase the number of diagnoses. We will be setting out our plans on dementia for England for future years in 2022.

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