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RCPsych responds to launch of National Dementia Strategy

Embargoed until 03 February 2009

RCPsych responds to launch of the National Dementia Strategy

Dr Dave Anderson, chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, said:

"It is a day to celebrate for people with dementia and their carers - but we must be clear that the Dementia Strategy is the beginning and not the end of the process. Unless it is backed by resources and the commitment of all concerned, it will be just words on a page.

"We now need the coordinated effort of everyone, including health and social services, the care sector, government and the public, to make this work. Failure to implement this strategy is not an option."

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Sarah Nevins
Press & Social Media Officer
Telephone: 020 3701 2543
Claire McLoughlin
Media & Communications Manager 
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Note to editors:

The Department of Health launched the first-ever National Dementia Strategy on 3 February 2009. Proposals include the introduction of a dementia specialist into every general hospital and care home and for mental health teams to assess people with dementia.


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