Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, has proposed that a database could be created to hold details of people known to be suffering from dementia. Far from being sinister, the idea is all about helping the emergency services assist people who are confused or agitated in a more timely, effective and compassionate manner. It would enable the caring agencies to offer a better service when they receive a call and need to decide how to act most appropriately.
The national database could provide rapid access to helpful information about where to contact the carers and families of elderly vulnerable people who are in need of immediate assistance.
The Department of Health is understood to have no plans, currently, to introduce such a national database of dementia patients.
Read more: BBC News: Call for national dementia database.
Call for national dementia database. London: BBC Health News, November 3rd 2013.