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Dementia: Diagnosis

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 13826, tabled on 7 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackling the backlog in dementia diagnoses as a result of the outbreak of covid-19.

Answered on

13 June 2022

In 2021/22, we allocated £17 million to address dementia waiting lists and increase the number of diagnoses, including for Parkinson’s-related dementia. This funding was made available to clinical commissioning groups in June 2021. In 2022/23, NHS England will provide funding to general practitioners in some areas to undertake pilot approaches to increase the dementia diagnosis rate and improve access to post-diagnostic support.

We will set out plans for dementia in England for the next 10 years later this year, which will include a focus on dementia diagnosis.