Funding To Dementia Research to Receive a Boost By 2015


Funding To Dementia Research to Receive a Boost By 2015

There is good news for the patients suffering with dementia. It has been informed that by 2015, the funding for dementia research would be doubled. The initiative has been taken to make the UK a leader in the field of dementia research.

Dementia is a mental disorder which affects 800,000 people in the UK. However, the awareness about the disease is lacking among the masses. It is hoped that with the help of increased funding, greater awareness about the disease would be imparted among the people.

It costs the NHS £23bn a year to treat dementia patients. It is estimated that in the coming times the number of dementia cases would increase by manifold. Therefore, this is the type when the government should take the initiative in curbing the disease.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has taken up the responsibility of making sure that hospitals and hospices are well equipped with the updated technology to treat dementia. In 2010, the dementia researchers received funding of £26.6m. But in 2015, it is expected that the researchers would get a funding of £66m.

The Director of the Wellcome Trust, Sir Mark Walport, was reported as saying, "Rising to this challenge will require excellence in medical research, so we can better understand the biology of dementia and use that insight to improve diagnosis and treatment".

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Wellbeing Board, David Rogers, has asked the politicians to pay greater attention to the care and the treatment of elder patients in the home care and hospices. It has come to light that a large number of elders are not being provided with adequate care which is contributing in escalating number of avoidable death cases. David Rogers said that the vulnerable members of the society should be priority of the government.

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