To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for dementia appointments.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackling the backlog in dementia diagnoses as a result of the outbreak of covid-19.
In 2021/22, we allocated £17 million to address dementia waiting lists and increase the number of diagnoses, including for Parkinson’s-related dementia. This funding was made available to clinical commissioning groups in June 2021. In 2022/23, NHS England will provide funding to general practitioners in some areas to undertake pilot approaches to increase the dementia diagnosis rate and improve access to post-diagnostic support.
We will set out plans for dementia in England for the next 10 years later this year, which will include a focus on dementia diagnosis.