Dementia: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 13 June 2022.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for dementia appointments.

Photo of Sarah Owen Sarah Owen Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)

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.

Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve waiting times for Parkinson’s-related dementia diagnosis; and if he will make a statement.

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

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.

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