Uneven dementia care ‘disgraceful’
There is a “disgraceful” variation inside the collection of proportion with dementia being diagnosed around the UK, in keeping with the Alzheimer’s Society.
About 800,000 people inside the UK have some type of dementia, but most haven’t been diagnosed.
Estimates by the charity suggest 32% were diagnosed within the East Riding of Yorkshire compared with 76% in Belfast.
The government said the difference was “unacceptable” and caused “unnecessary suffering”.
Predicted levels of dementia around the UK were compared with data from GPs at the actual choice of patients being diagnosed.
The map suggests a north-south divide, with the best rates of diagnosis in Scotland (average 64%) and northerly Ireland (average 63%).
Rates dropped to 50% within the north-east of britain, 41% within the south-west of britain and 39% in Wales.
Across the total of the united kingdom, the share of folks with dementia who’ve been diagnosed has gone from 43% in 2011 to 46% in 2012.
Jeremy Hughes, the manager executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “It’s disgraceful that greater than half all of us with dementia are usually not receiving a diagnosis, and disappointing to peer one of these disparity in diagnosis rates in several regions of the united kingdom.
“This goes against best clinical practice and is preventing individuals with dementia from accessing the support, benefits and the medical treatments which can help them live well with the condition.”
The charity said one explanation was variation in “stigma”, which ended in people not visiting their GP. The upper figures in Scotland were put right down to an improved relationship between social services and the healthcare system.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “The small improvement in dementia diagnosis is excellent news, however the extreme variation around the country is unacceptable.
“It is time for the worst performing areas to awaken to the dementia time bomb.”
He said failing to diagnose dementia was delaying treatment and “causing unnecessary suffering”.