Thank you for contacting me about research and treatment for dementia.
An estimated one million people will be living with dementia by 2025, so research is crucial to understanding the condition and improving outcomes for those affected.
I was proud to stand on a manifesto that identified finding a cure for dementia as one of the Government's biggest priorities, which has been reflected in the development of the new 10-Year Plan for Dementia. It was positive to see the Government re-committing to publishing the 10-Year Plan later this year at the Alzheimer’s Society Conference 2022.
The 10-Year Plan will include plans to increase research funding for dementia and deliver a moonshot. It will focus on the specific health needs of people with dementia and their carers covering prevention, diagnosis and research. It will also look at how new technology can be used to improve outcomes for dementia patients across the country. This will involve exploring ways of building on the Government’s £375 million investment over the next five years, to improve understanding and treatment for a range of neurodegenerative diseases, including different types of dementia.
The 2021 Spending Review also saw £5 billion committed to health-related research and development and I understand that work is ongoing to identify ways to boost research on dementia significantly.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.