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GP services for dementia major priority says minister

By Lilian Anekwe

Providing better services for GP to diagnose and manage patients with dementia will be a major NHS priority, health minister Phil Hope told delegates at a Pulse seminar today.

Ahead of the publication of the National Dementia Strategy next month, Phil Hope, minister of state for care services, told the audience at Pulse's Delivering Quality Care in Dementia Seminar that ‘providing services for dementia patients and their carers is a priority of the NHS'.

Mr Hope said new funding would be available to deliver the three main objectives of the strategy: tackling the stigma associated with the diagnosis of dementia, improving access to early diagnosis and intervention, and ensuring high quality care for people with dementia.

New funding for dementia services was also announced in the NHS Operating Framework for 2009/10, to ‘drive up standards of health and social care services to improve the quality of life and quality of care for people with dementia and their carers.'

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