SCIE media statement

The Dementia 2012 report and the Prime Minister’s speech

27 March 2012

SCIE’s Chief Executive Julie Jones says:

This was the first time a Prime Minister has dedicated a speech to the issue of dementia. As the Care and Support White Paper is being drafted, it’s encouraging that politicians from across the political spectrum are talking about vital issues; the quality of care that people with dementia receive; how families can find out how to find the best possible dementia care; and now health and social care can work better together to address the challenges that dementia presents.

The Dementia 2012 report is valuable and it’s encouraging to hear that there will be a similar “state of play” report every year. The figures quoted are remarkable. The cost alone of carers’ time is estimated at £8 bn to the economy. High quality research and early diagnosis can both help to provide a springboard for helping to plan the support of someone with dementia.  We have a robust evidence-base to help with this discussion.

Media contact

Steve Palmer | Press and Public Affairs Manager | Tel: 020 7766 7419 | Mob: 07739 458 192 | Email: media@scie.org.uk