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Help the Aged supports call of anti-psychotic drug regulation

Help the Aged supports call of anti-psychotic drug regulation
19th May 2008

Help the Aged has lent its support to the group of MPs seeking to regulate the use of anti-psychotic drugs for dementia patients.

Lizzie McLennan, Policy Officer at Help the Aged, said that all care homes should have a recognised expert in dementia who is able to closely monitor drug therapies and is equipped with the skills needed to provide the best possible care.

"It's vital that all care home residents should have access to GPs who can diagnose dementia," she added, concluding: "General care staff and nurses need to have more detailed knowledge of dementia, along with its symptoms and the effect it has on individual behaviour."

This announcement follows news that David Taylor MP has proposed a new bill to regulate anti-psychotic drugs and provide mandatory dementia training for care home staff – the management of dementia in care homes bill.

Mr Taylor's bill has cross-party support and he hopes to have it implemented before the government's national dementia strategy is published later this year.