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Dementia review announced

Dementia review announced
19th June 2008

Plans for an immediate review into the use of anti-psychotic drugs to treat dementia have been announced by health minister Ivan Lewis.

According to the Press Association, the consultation will result in the first National Dementia Strategy, with the review of prescriptions for anti-psychotic drugs being completed before the strategy's release in autumn.

Mr Lewis claims the strategy will have three primary aims; to ensure early diagnosis of dementia, to improve quality of care and to increase awareness of dementia.

He told the news resource: "Dementia is a condition affecting an increasing number of families in our society and is one of the greatest challenges now facing NHS and social care services. That is why this first ever national dementia strategy is so important."

The Alzheimer's Society's chief executive Neil Hunt said the review is "urgently needed".

In related news, a group of heath experts from universities across the nation recently warned that the number of people with dementia will double within the next generation.

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