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

College responds to review of the use of antipsychotic medication for people with dementia

Embargoed until 12 November 2009

Dr Dave Anderson, chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, said: “We share these concerns about the unnecessary prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia and welcome the recommendations in this report. It is a scandal that the care of people with one of the most complex and disabling medical conditions is so often in the hands of health & social care staff who have no appropriate training. That has to be addressed quickly.

“Furthermore, any person whose condition is causing sufficient concern to even consider prescribing these drugs should be seen by a specialist older people’s mental health service. We hope this report will be the catalyst for real change in the provision of dementia care.”


For further information, please contact:
Kathy Oxtoby or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538

 

References:

The use of antipsychotic medication for people with dementia: Time for action. A report for the Minister of State for Care Services by Professor Sube Banerjee

 

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