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Letters Open letter to Simon Stevens and Alistair Burns

Response to the open letter of Martin Brunet (and colleagues)

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 18 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6866
  1. Alistair Burns, professor of old age psychiatry and national clinical director for dementia, NHS England1
  1. 1Core Technology Facility, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9NT, UK
  1. alistair.burns{at}

I thank Brunet (and colleagues) for writing about the National Enhanced Service for dementia and wish to clarify some factual misunderstandings.1

Firstly, dementia is a devastating illness and the enhanced service will support activity aimed at reaching the estimated 300 000 people who would benefit from a timely diagnosis and care planning but are currently being denied that. These benefits include: empowering people to make their own choices; access to the right care packages, including drugs; avoidance …

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