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Bonus payment for dementia diagnosis

The aim being to increase the number of sufferers who receive treatment for the condition. There are an estimated 800,000 dementia sufferers in the UK but fewer than half have been diagnosed.The scheme is set to run for a six-month period, with GP practices expected to have a detailed plan and show improving diagnosis rates.There are some concerns that this will put a bounty on the head of certain patients and that good GPs should be making the diagnosis already.Vicky Sladdin, specialist wills and probate solicitor at Atherton Godfrey, said: “Anything that can be done to help facilitate early diagnoses to ensure that dementia sufferers get the tailored help they need has to be a beneficial thing.  So many people’s lives are touched by dementia, which has a devastating effect on family life.”The Alzheimer’s Society predicts that by 2015 there will be 850,000 people in the UK with dementia, and that currently, 40,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 have dementia.Unfortunately, there comes a time when dementia suffers are no longer able to deal with their day to day life, financial affairs or make decisions about their health and welfare. Putting in place Lasting Power of Attorney will make sure that you have your affairs in order in the unfortunate event that dementia is diagnosed. For more advice on Lasting Powers of Attorney please contact Vicky Sladdin or Rachel Towle on 01302 320621.
 

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