One-third of GPs 'unable to diagnose dementia'

Posted on 16 March 2011

As many as one-third of GPs in London are unable to diagnose dementia, according to a study by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

The study, commissioned by the City of London Corporation's City Bridge Trust, also found a lack of integration between health and social care services, which could make things difficult for people paying for long term care.

Louise Lakey, policy manager at the Alzheimer's Society, said the results are "very worrying" and emphasised the importance of GPs being trained to recognise the signs of dementia.

"Whilst we welcome the forthcoming health reforms, they must improve care for people with dementia if they are truly going to transform care for all," she added.

"Joint working between health and social care is essential to stop people with dementia falling through the cracks."

It was recently announced that a new brain scan capable of detecting early signs of Alzheimer's is on trial at memory services in Croydon, Lambeth and Southwark.

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