'National crisis' of dementia

David Cameron will announce plans to more than double funding for research into what he has called "the national crisis" of dementia to £66m by 2015.

He will say "it is a scandal that we as a country haven't kept pace with it."

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Shadow care minister: 'Dementia crisis cannot be addressed without tackling care crisis'

Shadow care minister Liz Kendall says crisis in dementia cannot be addressed without tackling the crisis in care Credit: Labour Party

Shadow care minister Liz Kendall has said that the crisis in dementia "cannot be addressed without tackling the crisis in care", after the Prime Minister announced doubling funding for research into dementia.

Ms Kendall said that charges for vital care services had increased, taxing the "most vulnerable in society".

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Early diagnosis makes 'huge difference' to dementia sufferers

The Minister for Care Services Paul Burstow has joined the Prime Minister's call to raise the rate of early diagnosis:

PM: Dementia is a 'national crisis'

David Cameron has called dementia a "national crisis" and said that we are in "collective denial" about the scale of the problem. He said:

Already the total cost of the disease is around £19 billion in England. That is higher than the costs of cancer, heart disease or stroke. And in less than ten years, as we all live longer lives, the number of people with dementia will reach a million. So my argument today is that we’ve got to treat this like the national crisis it is.

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

PM: £40 million extra funding for dementia

We currently spend over ten times more on researching cancer than we do dementia. So today, I can make a big announcement on funding. Though we are in a time when money is tight, this government has made a bold and important decision to more than double the amount we spend on dementia research, from £26 million at the end of the last Parliament, to over £66 million at the end of this one.

– David Cameron, prime minister

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