Fylde MP welcomes major dementia cash boost


FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has welcomed the announcement of a major investment into dementia care.

The Member of Parliament is an avid campaigner on issues surrounding the disease and is hoping to have Fylde recognised as a dementia friendly community and for the constituency to become a pioneer when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.

This weekend, Prime Minister David Cameron announced a further £300m is to be spent by the Government on research into dementia.

Mr Menzies said: “This is a subject which is extremely close to my heart and one which will affect Fylde more and more as the years go by.

“Dementia is an extremely cruel disease which robs us of the people we love and I am proud to be part of a Government which is investing so much in trying to assist those who have it and their loved ones, as well as into treatment and possibly finding a cure.

“I am keen for Fylde to become a beacon where treatment for dementia is concerned, and a community which treats those who have the disease with the respect and dignity they deserve.

“I will continue to challenge local health providers to ensure they are taking advantage of the support on offer from Government and to make sure Fylde is at the forefront of this fight.”

There are approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with the number expected to hit a million in the next 10 years.

Announcing the latest investment, Mr Cameron said an international dementia institute would be established in England within five years, in a bid to make the UK a world leader for research and medical trials.

Some 1.3m NHS workers will also receive additional training in how to care for people with dementia and targets will be set for faster assessments by GPs.

The Government said a separate multimillion-pound fund would be launched shortly to establish an international investment scheme to find drugs and treatments which could slow the onset, or even deliver a cure, by 2025.

Mr Menzies regularly meets local dementia sufferers and doctors and has raised Fylde’s case during a private meeting with the Health Secretary, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP.

He also hosted a Dementia Friends event in St Annes last year, which gave people the chance to find out more about the disease.


PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP at a Dementia Friends event he hosted in St Annes

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