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Half of those with dementia undiagnosed

More than half of people with dementia are going undiagnosed because of a dire lack of investment at PCT level, according to new figures released by the Liberal Democrats.

A survey conducted with The Alzheimer's Society found that of an estimated 575,000 people in England with dementia only 220,000 – just under 40% – of these are known to their GPs and listed on practice registers.

Shadow Health Secretary Normal Lamb said: ‘These extraordinary findings beg the question why so many are going without the help their GP can offer. The NHS must do more to ensure people are encouraged to seek early help when they start having problems and that they have access to care from their GP, specialist assessment and accurate diagnosis.'

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