Calls for government action after manifesto commitment to dementia research funding ‘watered down’

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Alzheimer’s Society has expressed fears that the government’s manifesto commitment to dementia research funding is being watered down.

The government said yesterday (November 16) that it will invest £375 million over the next five years to improve understanding and treatment of a range of neuro degenerative diseases, including Lewy Body Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 

But this is less than half of the funding announced in 2019, when Boris Johnson promised to double dementia research funding to £166m per year over ten years, through the delivery of a ‘Dementia Moonshot’.

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Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We’re really concerned that this manifesto commitment is being watered down. And how much of this will actually go to dementia – the UK’s biggest killer?  
“Our recent report with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on dementia found that, despite chronic underfunding, dementia research had finally been gaining momentum and starting to deliver exciting results, but the impact of the pandemic has been devastating. Government inaction now risks setting dementia research back by ten years, as much-needed new treatments, diagnostic tests and care guidance will be held back from people. 
“Two years ago, the Conservative party promise was to double dementia research funding to £166m per year over ten years. We assume the Government will be making another announcement shortly to detail how they will achieve this.”

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