Dementia diagnosis variations are ‘disgraceful’

According to the Alzheimer’s Society there is a ‘disgraceful’ variation in the number of patient’s being diagnosed with dementia across the UK.

The charity estimates that there are around 800,000 people in the UK with dementia, but that most have not been diagnosed.

They also estimate that 32% were diagnosed in the East Riding of Yorkshire whilst 76% were diagnosed in Belfast.

Predicted levels of dementia across the UK were compared to data from GPs on the actual number of patients being diagnosed.

It is believed that there is a north-south divide.

The highest rates of diagnosis are in Scotland, with an average of 64% and Northern Ireland with 63% on average.

Rates dropped to 50% in the north-east of England, 41% in the south-west and 39% in Wales.

Overall, the percentage of people diagnosed with dementia in the UK has increased from 43% in 2011 to 46% in 2012.

Swain & Co.’s medical negligence and community care lawyers say that the variation is unacceptable and with dementia becoming a growing problem with an aging population, the NHS needs to improve diagnosis.

Failing to diagnose dementia means that there are delays in treatment which can cause unnecessary suffering.

Dementia in a loved one can be a stressful and very difficult time, here at Swain & Co. we have a specialist community care team who deal with all the sensitive aspects of community care issues relating to dementia. We cover issues such as:

  • Social Services Assessments
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  • Benefits and Grants
  • Funding of Care
  • Disputes and Compensation Claims
  • Mental Health Problems
  • Abuse of the Elderly and Safeguarding
  • Care planning
  • Mental Capacity
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)
  • Negotiating Best interests decisions and attending Best Interests Meetings,
  • Court of Protection applications and challenges;
  • Enduring / Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyship Orders

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