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Government to 'refresh' dementia strategy

The national dementia strategy for England is due to be “refreshed and updated” the Health Secretary has said. 

The original five-year strategy was introduced by Labour in 2009 and will expire in April 2014. 

Seventeen recommendations were laid out which showed how the government wants the NHS, local authorities and others to improve dementia care services. 

The recommendations focused on: 

- Raising awareness and understanding. 

- Early diagnosis and support. 

- Living well with dementia. 

The Alzheimer's Society said: 'With just over a month to go, we are really pleased that the government has pledged a refreshed and updated National Dementia Strategy for England.Dementia is a major health challenge, costing more than cancer and heart disease combined. 

“When facing a problem of this scale, it is essential to set out future ambitions and allocate necessary funding to deliver real change for people with dementia and their carers. The government must now set out in detail its plans for a refreshed long-term vision for dementia.'