Extra public funding for dementia care

The government has announced additional funding for research into dementia care. David Cameron noted the UK has the potential to become one of the leading nations in this field, with such a focus forming a central part of Conservative-Liberal Democrat plans to address a crisis in the country's care system.

As part of the initiative, the Prime Minister revealed the budget for research is to double, meaning £66 million will be handed over to such efforts by 2015.

Mr Cameron - who is also the Conservative MP for Witney - described the condition as a "terrible disease", adding: "The level of diagnosis, understanding and awareness of dementia is shockingly low. It is as though we've been in collective denial."

The new emphasis on dementia care will see the Department of Health coordinate a public awareness campaign in the autumn, while 20 'dementia-friendly' communities aimed at encouraging individuals, businesses and other bodies to support those suffering from the condition are also in the pipeline.

Professor Michael Kopelman, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, commented: "While we all greatly welcome increased investment in dementia research, especially if it incorporates other memory disorders as well, one can only wish that the CameronBlairites would look more dispassionately at the immense damage that the NHS market has done to clinical services, including those for the elderly.

"Community care for dementia is being quietly devastated at the same time as initiatives such as this are trumpeted. But let us welcome this increased investment, especially if it incorporates neuropsychological and clinical rehabilitation research."