The Department has not assessed the effectiveness of the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy by local primary care trusts. However, improving services for people with dementia is a Government priority, and we have already identified it as a priority for the national health service in the operating framework. That will help to ensure that dementia is prioritised locally where further improvement may be needed.
The first National Dementia Strategy was published on 3 February this year, and will be implemented over a five-year period. A copy has already been placed in the Library.