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Dementia: Health Services

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects hospitals to identify a senior clinician to take the lead for quality improvement in dementia; and what funding he is making available for that post; (256801)

(2) when he expects hospitals to develop an explicit care pathway for the management and care of people with dementia.

We will look to hospitals to identify a senior clinician to commence work on quality improvement in dementia and also to develop a care pathway for people with dementia as soon as possible, taking account of the priority attached to implementation of the national dementia strategy.

The Department has made available £150 million to fund implementation of the national dementia strategy. Decisions on funding individual objectives of the strategy will be taken locally.