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Letters Dementiagate

Dementiagate: spend the money on dementia services and research

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 18 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6839
  1. David Barer, consultant geriatrician and stroke physician1
  1. 1Sunderland Royal Hospital, Sunderland SR4 7TP, UK
  1. david.barer{at}

The origins of the farcical initiative to bribe GPs to encourage “early diagnosis” of dementia are puzzling.1 2 3 Whether the policy is a calculated attempt to downplay the potential harms of screening and inflate the benefits of early treatment far beyond the evidence or just a well meaning but misguided effort to help people with dementia and their families,4 5 it …

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