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Memory clinics under pressure, NHS England dementia lead admits

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Exclusive Patients in some areas are facing long waits for dementia assessments in memory clinics, the Government’s dementia tsar has admitted.

Professor Alistair Burns, national clinical director for dementia at NHS England, told Pulse he believes there are some very good examples of diagnostic and support services around the country, but agreed there are some places where the waiting list is ‘longer than it should be’.

In an exclusive interview with Pulse, Professor Burns defended the Government’s commitment to pressing ahead with incentives to raise diagnosis rates, saying it offers the opportunity to ‘shine a light’ on dementia care.

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