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Government 'needs to act on dementia now'

Government 'needs to act on dementia now'
23rd July 2009

The government needs to take more steps in sorting out the predicted increase in dementia cases, it has been asserted.

Rebecca Wood, the chief executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust, explained that the ministerial summit on dementia research provided the government with an opportunity to "end years of underfunding" and invest more in scientific research, though this has not happened.

She continued: "While we welcome Phil Hope's backing for dementia researchers in securing a greater portion of the medical research budget, this falls short of the commitment needed for UK scientists to really make a difference."

Ms Wood concluded that if the UK is to prevent a doubling in the number of dementia cases - as many experts have forecasted to happen within a generation - now is the time to act.

The expert's comments followed an open letter written to the government regarding the situation, in which 31 leading dementia researchers united together to call for a national plan for dementia research and a tripling of current investment.

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