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New fund to train NHS staff in dementia care

New fund to train NHS staff in dementia care
4th January 2013

David Cameron has said dementia patients are putting a strain on doctors and nurses, with one in four hospital beds now taken up by patients with the condition.

As a result, the prime minister has announced a £50 million fund to be used to train all NHS and social care staff in how to treat people with neurodegenerative diseases.

He said: "We still have a long way to go to raise standards across the NHS and get rid of those cases of poor and completely unacceptable care that blight some hospitals and homes."

In addition, friends and families of patients in all hospitals will take part in surveys in an attempt to uncover areas of improvement in care, with Mr Cameron describing the tests as a "flashing light" in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.

The new initiatives have been announced ahead of the publication of an inquiry into neglect of patients at Stafford Hospital between 2005-09. The findings are expected in the coming weeks and are believed to contain a number of recommendations to improve standards of care.

Find out about dementia care and support services at Barchester care homes.