Progress in dementia care is too slow, says watchdog

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 14 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c243
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz

    The Department of Health’s plans to transform the care of people with dementia in England by 2014 are unlikely to be achieved unless greater priority is given to developing services, says a report from the public spending watchdog.

    Although there are examples of excellent practice in dementia care around the country, these are not being shared so their full impact is not being felt, says the report from the National Audit Office. It is also not clear how the £60m (€67m; $97m) allocated to primary care trusts to commission appropriate services in 2009-10 has been spent or whether it has actually been spent on dementia, it says.

    The National Dementia Strategy was launched in February 2009 (BMJ 2009;338:b464, doi:10.1136/bmj.b464) after a report on dementia services by the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts. The present report follows a request from the committee to investigate progress within 12 months of the strategy’s launch.

    When he announced the …

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