Dementia research funding set to rise to £66m by 2015
Published: 26th Mar 2012 02:36:16
Funding for research into dementia is to be doubled by 2015 to try to make the UK a world leader in the field, David Cameron is due to announce.
The prime minister is expected to say in a speech that the level of diagnosis, understanding and awareness of dementia is "shockingly low."
Dementia is thought to affect around 800,000 people in the UK, with the cost to society estimated at £23bn.
In the next decade, the number with the disease is expected to top one million.
Dementia is simply a terrible disease. And it is a scandal that we as a country haven't kept pace with it”
Mr Cameron will set out plans to step up research into cures and treatments and to ensure that the health and social care systems are equipped to deal with the problem.
Overall funding for dementia research in 2010 totalled £26.6m. Under the plan for 2015, it will be £66m.
Mr Cameron will say: "One of the greatest challenges of our time is what I'd call the quiet crisis, one that steals lives and tears at the hearts of families, but that relative to its impact is hardly acknowledged.
"Dementia is simply a terrible disease. And it is a scandal that we as a country haven't kept pace with it.
"The level of diagnosis, understanding and awareness of dementia is shockingly low. It is as though we've been in collective denial."
The prime minister will say that the costs associated with the disease are already higher than those for cancer, heart disease or stroke.
"So my argument today is that we've got to treat this like the national crisis it is. We need an all-out fightback against this disease, one that cuts across society.
"We did it with cancer in the 70s. With HIV in the 80s and 90s. We fought the stigma, stepped up to the challenge and made massive in-roads into fighting these killers.
"Now we've got to do the same with dementia. This is a personal priority of mine, and it's got an ambition to match.
"That ambition: nothing less than for Britain to be a world leader in dementia research and care."
Shirley Cramer, acting chief executive of Alzheimer's Research UK, said Mr Cameron's announcement was an "important step" in recognising and solving the challenge presented by dementia.
"David Cameron's announcements are a turning point in our battle to defeat dementia," she said.
We now need politicians to transcend political point-scoring and wake up to the ticking demographic time bomb this country is facing”
"Of course, investment must continue to increase if we are to avert the drastic economic costs of dementia that lie in wait.
"Alzheimer's Research UK looks forward to working with the government to ensure that this new funding achieves what is so desperately needed - new treatments and therapies."
Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said the announcement would mark an "unprecedented step" towards making the UK a world leader in tackling dementia.
"Doubling funding for research, tackling diagnosis and calling for a radical shift in the way we talk, think and act on dementia will help to transform lives," he added.
"There are currently 800,000 people with dementia, yet too many are not able to live well with the condition. The PM is leading the way, but from Plymouth to Preston, from the boardroom to bus drivers, we all have a role to play."
Sir Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust, said: "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.
But local council leaders warned there was a "very real crisis" in the provision of care for the elderly and vulnerable.
David Rogers, chairman of the Local Government Association's community wellbeing board, said: "We now need politicians to transcend political point-scoring and wake up to the ticking demographic time bomb this country is facing.
"There needs to be urgent action to ensure the way we offer support to older people is fairer, simpler and fit for purpose in order to truly meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of our society."
At 18:02:27 in EnglandWork is set to begin replacing the sails on England's only surviving eight-sailed windmill.
At 17:59:46 in HeadlinesTurkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered condolences for the first time for the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule during WWI.
At 17:59:15 in SportHearts midfielder Jamie Hamill is to face a disciplinary hearing after knocking Ross County manager Derek Adams to the ground on Saturday.
At 17:58:44 in EnglandA second man has appeared in court in connection with a shooting outside a takeaway in Nottingham.
At 17:57:42 in SportWorld number one Rafael Nadal recovered from last week's early exit in Monte Carlo with a straight-sets win over Albert Ramos at the Barcelona Open.
At 17:49:03 in EnglandA project has been unveiled to link the UK and French power grids through the Channel Tunnel.
At 17:44:26 in HeadlinesThe Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand, has sustained a serious head injury in a fall, Clarence House said.
At 17:40:45 in Northern IrelandA home security company is creating 230 jobs by expanding its operations in the Republic of Ireland.
At 17:35:01 in Northern IrelandA man accused of taking part in a sham marriage had allegedly been involved in a previous fake wedding, the High Court in Belfast has been told.
At 17:25:54 in EnglandA shipment of radioactive waste has arrived in Japan from Cumbria, as part of the ongoing programme of cleaning up the Sellafield site.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Dementia research funding set to rise to £66m by 2015 [Online] (Updated 26th Mar 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1418629/Dementia-research-funding-set-to-rise-to-66m-by-2015 [Accessed 23rd Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
Hearts midfielder Jamie Hamill is to face a disciplinary hearing after knocking Ross County manager Derek Adams to the ground on Saturday.
UKIP has said it is "extremely unhappy and concerned" about the name of another Eurosceptic party contesting the forthcoming European elections.
Tesco's internet service has been hit by two separate problems that coincided, leaving some of its customers irate.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
The Scottish government's White Paper on independence does not offer a "radical alternative" to UK policies, a senior adviser to Oxfam has said.
Mexican writer and journalist Elena Poniatowska has received the most important award for literature in the Spanish language, the Cervantes prize.