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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Royal College of Psychiatrists response to Alzheimer's Society statement

Embargoed until 07 October 2009

Commenting on a statement issued by the Alzheimer's Society on the use of antipsychotic drugs (7 October 2009), Dr Dave Anderson, chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, said:

The Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry shares the Alzheimer’s Society concern about excessive use of antipsychotic drugs. This is symptomatic of a health and care system ill designed for people with dementia, yet, 30-40% of older people admitted to a general hospital will suffer from dementia. The staff in general hospitals need access to dementia training and advice from a specialist liaison mental health team for older people if we are to eradicate this problem. 75% of hospitals do not have a liaison service for older people and that has to change.

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