One million Brits are living with dementia, yet the Alzheimer’s Society has warned care could suffer further after dementia was ‘deprioritised’.
DEMENTIA patients are being failed by the NHS in almost half of the country, a report reveals.
It means thousands are waiting too long for a diagnosis or care plan.
Ninety-two of England’s 209 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were rated as inadequate or requiring improvement.
NHS England got inspectors to look at diagnosis rates and the proportion of people with dementia who had a face-to-face review in the past year.
Figures showed progress had been made — but not enough.
The independent assessors found that 68 CCGs improved and 112 remained the same.
But 29 let standards fall from 2015/16 to 2016/17 —– with three slipping two grades. Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, warned care could suffer further after dementia was “deprioritised”.