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Alzheimer’s Society comment on DH Information Strategy

Published 21 May 2012

The Department of Health has today launched its information strategy ‘The power of information: Putting all of us in control of the health and care information we need’.

Among the issues discussed within the strategy are new online services such as booking general practitioner appointments, access to records online, and a new integrated national website. It also looks at how different services can better 'talk' to each other.

 

Alzheimer's Society comment:

'Choice and control must be at the heart of the changes that are being proposed for the NHS. Harnessing the power of the internet to help could be a useful step. However we need to make sure this doesn't exclude people - including people with dementia - who may not be able to use computers. The information revolution has to benefit everyone.'

'People with dementia are some of the worst affected by the existing problems surrounding the postcode lottery of care and poor integration between health and social care services. If we are to improve access and information, it is vital we close these gaps and ensure people can get the care they need at the time they need it wherever they live.'

Louise Lakey
Policy Manager
Alzheimer's Society

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Notes to editors:

  • One in three people over 65 will die with dementia
  • Alzheimer's Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer's disease. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051
  • Alzheimer's Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them 
  • Alzheimer's Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Alzheimer's Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk
  • Alzheimer's Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0845 300 0336 or visit alzheimers.org.uk