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'Low' dementia diagnosis rates

Dementia diagnosis rates are "shockingly low", Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. In some parts of the country, only a third of sufferers receive a diagnosis, he added.

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Hunt: One third of dementia sufferers diagnosed

Only one third of dementia sufferers are identified with "shockingly low" diagnosis rates, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Too many sufferers are "left in the dark", he said, as he tasked NHS England with driving up diagnosis rates by 20% by 2015.

'Shockingly low' dementia diagnosis rates Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Officials hope that two-thirds of sufferers will receive a diagnosis by 2015, compared to around 45% now.

Experts said that a total of 350,000 people have the condition but remain undiagnosed and do not have access to support.

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