The future economic, health and social care costs of dementia

Yesterday, Care Services Minister Paul Burstow launched a ‘Route Map for Dementia Research’ promising more money and capacity to the dementia research agenda [1]. The ‘Route Map’ includes a pledge of up to £20 million from the Department of Health over five years to fund four new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Units, and commits the Medical Research Council (MRC) to increase funding for neurodegeneration research by ten percent to £150 million over the next four years to 2015.

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Dementia and the challenge of personalisation

Since the 1990’s many advanced welfare states have moved away from the delivery of home care services and towards alternative ‘cash-for-care’ schemes. This move towards self-directed care has formed the heart of the Government’s personalisation agenda and has become emblematic of Labour’s restructuring of the relationship between the citizen and the state in respect of welfare services and support. More recently the Government has also contemplated the potential of personal health budgets, which would permit individuals to buy their own health care.

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