This month in London, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans for the government to ‘More than double spending on dementia’ by 2015 at the Dementia 2012 conference.
Cameron revealed that he considers the UK’s situation in terms of dementia to be a “national crisis” and warned that “drastic economic costs lie in wait” if we do not invest now.
The government’s current budget for research and development is £26 million which will increase to over £66 million over the next three years. This investment will help scientists to understand the biology of the disease to make finding a cure more likely. The investment could also propel Britain to world leader status in the field of dementia.
As well as this increased investment in research, Cameron has also promised a substantial boost to hospital budgets. From April, the government will inject an initial £54 million into hospital care. The funding will greatly improve the quality of dementia care across the UK’s National Health Service and in particular the diagnosis of dementia.
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