Health Secretary: New dementia funding 'just a start'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that investing in dementia care will save the NHS money in the long term, and that today's new funding was "just the start." He said:

"We are now in a position were we have more pensioners than children. By 2012 we will have a million people who have dementia, and we need a very big change to help them and their families. And this money is just the start."

"A quarter of people in hospital now have dementia. There are a number of ways we can improve their care in hospital"

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£50m dementia care pledge

The Health Secretary will outline details on his pledge to invest £50 million to help hospitals and care homes create more dementia-friendly environments. It comes as the Alzheimer's Society warns that sufferers should plan end-of-life care.