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Dementia plans "ambitious" - RCN

Moves by the Department of Health to tackle the overuse of powerful drugs for the treatment of dementia have been welcomed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Ministers announced last week that the new regime would include better regulation and the appointment of a National Clinical Director for Dementia.

Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary, said he welcomed the changes and hoped they would improve the lives of dementia sufferers and their families.

"Dementia, in the absence of a cure, will affect increasing numbers of people in the coming years. To ensure these patients receive the best possible care, it is vital that all health and social care staff working with dementia patients receive appropriate specialist training," Mr Carter said.

"We look forward to working with the new National Clinical Director for Dementia on these ambitious proposals which offer hope for patients with dementia and their families."

The changes come a week after an independent review concluded that too many patients were described antipsychotic drugs, often with no benefit.

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