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02 January 2020

UK dementia diagnoses rise 40% in five years

UK dementia diagnoses rise 40% in five years
A doctor examines a brain scan.
Some parts of the UK have seen the number of people diagnosed with dementia more than double in five years, analysis of NHS data shows.
A drive to increase diagnosis rates and an ageing population were behind the increase, experts said.
Charities said dementia care provision must improve, calling it a "ridiculous lottery", and "very hit or miss".
NHS England said it was a priority to diagnose dementia earlier so people could receive correct treatment.
Across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the number of people on the register has risen by 40% to around 508,000.
Scottish health officials estimate there are a further 90,000 people living with dementia north of the border.