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Dementia: Doctors Refusing To Carry Out Tests
Doctors are refusing to carry out tests for dementia because they believe it is pointless as there is no effective cure, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned.
Mr Hunt said the country should be "ashamed" that so many people were being denied treatment which could stave off the condition for years.
His comments come as the Alzheimer's Society warned dementia sufferers were facing a postcode lottery of diagnosis rates.
It released data suggesting that in some areas of the UK, as few as one in three people suffering from the condition will receive a formal diagnosis.
Across the UK just 46% of sufferers were diagnosed in 2012, the society said.
Mr Hunt said that attitudes in the NHS and in wider society have to change.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said: "As with cancer in the past, too many health and care professionals are not aware of the symptoms.
"Some even believe that without effective cure there's no point putting people through the anxiety of a memory test - even though drugs can help stave off the condition for several years.
"It is this grim fatalism that we need to shake off. Not just within our health service but across society as a whole."
The Alzheimer's Society said that while the latest figure is an improvement on the previous year, there are still thought to be 428,500 people in the UK who have the condition but have not been diagnosed.
This means they are going without the support, benefits and the medical treatments that can help them live with the condition, charity chief executive Jeremy Hughes said.
Diagnosis rates were best in Scotland where 64.4% of of suffers were told about their condition. In Wales, just 38.5% of sufferers formally received a diagnosis in 2012.
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what do you think?
This is the way the country is going now days once you reach retirement age and can no longer be harvested for your input the state gives up on you
I have cared for my mother for the last 13 years and noticed about 2 and a half years ago that her memory seemed to be getting worse. i took her to the doctors and told them what i was noticing, like the tv ad says, and because she's had a history of depression their answer is to give her anti-depressants. despute me telling them that her condition is worsening every day they still won't diagnose dementia and therefore she isn't getting the treatment etc that she need
Go to another doctor.
Any person refusing to carry out the duties he/she is paid to do should be sacked. Including Doctors..............
Doctors are refusing to carry out tests for dementia because they believe it is pointless as there is no effective cure, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned. Because they have forgotten they are on 100K+ and its their Job to test people etc there's no cure for a lot of things it doesn't mean dont bother !
My mum has Alzheimers. I helped look after her for ten years or possibly even longer, now I think of it. I like to think I've been paying back all the help she gave me. It is not easy to do so but neither are most things. I don't think society should just give up altogether. There are treatments available. Everybody pays the medical profession a lot of money with taxes and their duty is supposed to be to reduce human suffering. I helped my dad through his heart attack and heart bypass and I helped my mum through her Alzheimers. I'm glad I bothered. To be perfectly honest, I've found a lot more sense in talking to my mum during her ten or more years of Alzheimers and talking to my dad when the blood was being starved to his brain, than I have in trying to speak to most people. I think you'll find people with memory loss conditions remain very intelligent for a long time and I think should be treated with respect. It isn't an easy condition to treat but I'm glad I helped my mum. Quite a few doctors end up with Alzheimers, also, is one way of looking at things.