Dementia a 'priority' for Scotland's long term care plans

Posted on 10 June 2011

Paying for care for dementia patients has been made a national and personal priority by Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon.

Launching the country's first ever National Dementia Strategy, Ms Sturgeon underlined the challenges and made clear that dementia needs to be accommodated into the country's long term care plans.

Two major documents to support the rollout of the strategy have been published to help families, carers and people with dementia assert their rights.

Ms Sturgeon explained: "I have asked the chief nursing officer to oversee the implementation of the dementia standards in hospital settings and to lead a programme of work to give assurance that care for older people in these settings, whether or not they have dementia, is meeting the highest standards of care and compassion."

The commitment comes after health experts across the UK called for an urgent review of the way anti-psychotic drugs are prescribed for dementia patients.

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