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Mental health: Dementia assessments within six weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron announces

23 February 2015

Dementia assessments within six weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron announces

The Prime Minister David Cameron has set out a new, long-term strategy for dementia and promised that initial dementia assessments will take place within six weeks.

GP diagnosis rates have increased from 42% to 59% in three years but thousands are still waiting up to six months for a full assessment.

The Government has also promised to invest more than £300 million into UK research and medical innovation, and establish an international dementia institute within five years in a bid to make the UK a world leader for research on dementia and medical trials.

It will also launch a separate multi-million pound fund in the next few weeks to help establish a large-scale, international investment scheme to discover new drugs and treatment that it hopes could slow down the onset of dementia or even deliver a cure by 2025.