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Dementia betrayal: Half of NHS trusts areproviding poor care and hundreds of thousands are not being diagnosed, officialfigures reveal


The NHS is failing dementia patients acrosshuge swathes of Britain, official figures reveal.


Others warned that in some areas NHSofficials view dementia care as little more than a ‘tick-box exercise'.


A Mail analysis of the data shows that 47per cent of NHS England's clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were rated‘inadequate' or ‘requires improvement' for dementia care last year.


On average, 30 per cent of patients withdementia in each area had not been officially diagnosed. This leaves them inthe dark about why they are confused or suffering from memory problems, andthey could be missing out on treatments.


NHS guidelines say that everyone diagnosedwith dementia should have a face-to-face care review at least once a year, butthe figures show that an average 22 per cent are seen less often.


Professor Clive Ballard, a dementiaspecialist at the University of Exeter, said: ‘In 2012 David Cameron made acommitment to tackling dementia. The current figures show no subsequentprogress ? it feels very much like these pledges have been kicked into the longgrass.


‘The Prime Minister's promises translatedto a short-term flirtation with dementia.

Ofsted-style transparency ratings fordementia care quality began in 2016 under then-Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

在當時的衛生部長杰里米·亨特(Jeremy Hunt)的帶領下,英格蘭教育辦公室對癡呆癥護理質量的透明度評級開始于2016年。

Separate figures show that at more than onein ten English hospitals, at least half of the carers for people with dementiadid not agree that the standard of NHS care was ‘very good or excellent'.


At the worst-scoring hospital, St Mary's onthe Isle of Wight, just 8.7 per cent agreed.


NHS chiefs stress that they are meeting anational goal of diagnosing 67 per cent of patients.


Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England'sdementia specialist, said: ‘The NHS Long Term Plan prioritises furtherimprovements, with GPs being given additional support to spot the tell-talesigns.'



It felt like no one believed I could have it


Tracey Lane, 52, was told by doctors for four years there was nothing wrong with her


When Tracey Lane started losing her memory, she knew it wasn't down to simply ‘being forgetful'.


The school administrator, 52, found she could no longer recognise faces or remember names ? and became increasingly confused.


Finally, in April last year, Mrs Lane, who has two adult sons, was diagnosed with dementia after a brain scan. She said: ‘In many ways when they finally told me I had dementia it was a relief ? it was the not knowing that was the worst part.'