Family doctors in England are to be paid £55 for each diagnosis of dementia, NHS England has decided. This ruling is broadly compatible with the national dementia strategy and the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, whereby NHS England is committed to increase the dementia diagnosis rates in England by March 2015. The agreed target is for two-thirds of people with dementia to receive a formal diagnosis, as early as possible.
The principles behind dementia case-finding schemes (in general) have been widely debated, however, and may now even come to be criticised by patients’ groups in addition to worried professionals.
GPs to be paid £55 for each dementia diagnosis. London: BBC Health News, October 22nd 2014.
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GPs to be given £55 for every diagnosis of dementia. London: Alzheimer’s Society, October 22nd 2014.