Last reviewed 24 May 2022

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that a ten-year plan to tackle dementia is to be published later this year, as he announced plans to work across the Government to boost the £375 million already committed for research into neurodegenerative diseases.

Speaking at the Alzheimer’s Society Conference 2022, Sajid Javid said the new ten-year plan will focus on how novel medicines and new science and technology can be harnessed to improve outcomes for dementia patients across the country.

In his speech, he said the pandemic had stemmed the tide of progress and, despite the best efforts of the NHS, it became harder for some people to get a timely diagnosis.

To ensure earlier support for the more than 900,000 believed to be living with dementia in the UK, record amounts of NHS funding will help reduce the Covid-19 backlog of dementia diagnoses, as around 30,000 people have been facing delays during the pandemic. This is in addition to the £375 million already committed to research on neurodegenerative diseases over the next five years.

The plan will also focus on supporting people with their specific health and care needs while living with dementia.

He added that it is acknowledged that what is good for the heart is also good for the brain, so action on high blood pressure, physical inactivity, alcohol, obesity and healthy eating all have a part to play in the plan.

The Government said the prediction is that one million people will be living with dementia by 2025 and 1.6 million by 2040.

The full speech is available at GOV.UK.