Dementia is one of the most important issues we face as the population ages. Around 570,000 people already have the condition in England and this number is set to double in the next 30 years, with the costs of dementia tripling. That is why the Department published the first National Dementia Strategy on 3 February 2009. A copy of the strategy has already been placed in the Library.
The Department will be providing a nationwide regional support programme to work closely with the national health service and local authorities in implementing the strategy. This is set out in an implementation plan, which accompanied the strategy. We have recently appointed a team of deputy regional directors with backgrounds in both health and social care to provide the local support needed for implementation. We will also be working closely with regional partners, including strategic health authorities, Government offices and regional improvement and efficiency partners to ensure delivery of the strategy.