Government strategy on dementia will emphasise early diagnosis

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 30 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b367
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    Early diagnosis of dementia will be a key plank in the government’s forthcoming strategy for the condition, a conference heard this week.

    Sube Banerjee, an adviser to the Department of Health on older people’s mental health and professor of mental health and ageing at the Institute of Psychiatry, said that GPs should play an important part in helping to identify the onset of dementia, which currently affects 700 000 people in the United Kingdom. He was speaking at a conference on dementia and care of elderly people in London on Tuesday 27 January organised by the Westminster Health Forum, a commercial group that aims to encourage debate on government policy.

    The long awaited government policy on dementia, which Professor Banerjee has been working on for the past year and which is due to be published soon, will emphasise the …

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