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Alzheimer’s Disease

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he discussed policy to tackle Alzheimer’s disease and the French Plan on Alzheimer at his recent meeting with the French Minister of Health; and if he will make a statement. (204862)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State had discussions with the French Minister of Health on 14 April 2008 on a range of issues, including on measures to tackle dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia is now a priority for the Government, and in August 2007 we announced the development of a new National Dementia Strategy and Implementation Plan. The strategy will focus on three key themes: improving awareness; early diagnosis and intervention; and improving the quality of care. Work on the strategy is already under way and draft recommendations are due to go out for public consultation in June 2008.