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Jeremy Hunt Visits Manchester in Support of Dementia

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was at our organisation today to give a keynote speech at the first of a series of events aimed at raising awareness of dementia.

We hosted the first event in the Department of Health's Dementia Awareness tour, which brought together a range of leaders across government, industry, social care, voluntary organisations and patients and carers.

In his address, Jeremy Hunt explained that dementia is a priority which needs a special focus on and was one of his personal four priorities.  He paid tribute to the huge amount of initiatives which were taking place in the North West and particularly in Manchester. 

He explained that the Prime Minister's three main objectives in relation to dementia are:Jeremy Hunt Visits Manchester in Support of Dementia

  • More research into causes of dementia looking at medicines and keeping a focus on finding a breakthrough drug.
  • Tackling diagnosis rates - less than half of people with dementia get diagnosed.  Across the country it stands at 43%, with Manchester slightly above average at 49%.  Once diagnosed we need better support mechanisms in place.
  • To change attitudes across society and to increase awareness.

Following his speech, the Health Secretary attended a demonstration of a new dementia portal being launched across the North of England. The portal, is a website providing information on the disease, raising awareness, and offering opportunities for people to connect and help each other. The portal has been created following the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia - a programme of work which aims to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015.

You can find more information about dementia at: http://dementia.dh.gov.uk/