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BMA meeting: Early dementia diagnosis is pointless without support services

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3505 (Published 27 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3505
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

An early diagnosis of dementia is pointless if there is no relevant support available for patients and their families, the BMA has said.

Doctors at the BMA’s annual representatives meeting in Belfast on Wednesday 22 June voted in favour of a motion that said that the “government’s drive for early diagnosis of dementia without the corresponding support for those who receive such a diagnosis is pointless.”

The motion said that making a diagnosis without support being available “only serves to increase distress for patients and families.”

Proposing the motion, GP Alex Freeman said that dementia was a terminal disease, but patients did not have the same access to …

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