Government has failed to improve dementia services as promised, report says

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 17 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1517
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

    There is a wide gulf between repeated government promises to improve dementia services and what has happened in practice, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has said.

    In a damning report on dementia services in England, the committee’s chairman, Edward Leigh, said that he felt “badly let down” by the Department of Health’s failure to act on its commitment to dementia services.

    “Just over a year ago [the department] published a five year national strategy to raise the quality and priority of dementia care. But the strategy lacks the tools to ensure effective implementation and make change happen. At an earlier hearing the department left us in no doubt that it was going to make dementia a national priority, in the same …

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