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Dementia diagnosis rates published

16th January 2013

Data released by the Alzheimer’s Society has revealed wide variation in rates of dementia diagnosis across the UK.

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Evidence from the charity has shown that the proportion of people with dementia who have a formal diagnosis is now 46%, compared with 43% in 2011.

Yet in some parts of the country that varies widely.

Examples from the Alzheimer’s Society show 31.6% of people with dementia being diagnosed in the East Riding of Yorkshire while the figure is 75.4% in Islington.

It also suggests there are 428,000 people in this country with the condition who have not yet been diagnosed.

While recognising the “small improvement” in the overall rate of dementia diagnosis, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the extreme variation across the country was “unacceptable.”

He said it was time for the worst performing areas “to wake up to the dementia time bomb we are all facing.”

“While many areas do excellent work, the worst is diagnosing just one third of people with dementia – delaying and preventing them from accessing vital treatment and causing unnecessary suffering,” said Mr Hunt.

“I have committed to making this a year of dementia awareness; improving both diagnosis and understanding of the condition are integral if we are to begin making a difference to people’s lives.

"As part of my commitment, I will shortly be visiting every region to meet with the people responsible in the health and care system to encourage them to make a difference.”

The Alzheimer’s Society has supported its findings with an interactive map.

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