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:
- 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
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/