Derbyshire has 14,054 dementia sufferers

THE leading charity representing dementia sufferers is urging the Government to remove the “artificial divide” between health and social care which affects how people are treated after diagnosis.

The Alzheimer’s Society, which estimates that 14,054 are living with dementia in Derbyshire, with 3,000 of them in Derby, is concerned that dementia is seen as a social problem and not a health care issue.

A society spokeswoman said: “If you have cancer you will be treated by a doctor and the NHS but if you have dementia, after initial medical diagnosis, a person’s welfare falls into the social care arena, which is not correct and we want to remove this artificial divide that has arisen.”

The call for action comes today as the society’s 2014 report is launched at a major dementia conference in London.