Alzheimer's Society welcomes new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Barclay

Following Sajid Javid's resignation as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Alzheimer's Society responds to his departure and welcomes the appointment of Steve Barclay.

Mark MacDonald, Associate Director of Advocacy and System Change at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

'We look forward to working with Steve Barclay, as it’s crucial that Sajid Javid’s clear commitment to make dementia a priority is continued.

'In May, we welcomed Sajid Javid’s intention to deliver a ‘visionary’ 10-year plan on dementia, backed by proper funding and powerful partners, which could be transformational for the 900,000 people with dementia in the UK.

'We are facing huge challenges in dementia, with diagnosis rates at a five-year low, three in five people with dementia telling us their care is inadequate and still waiting on the ‘moonshot’ to double dementia research funding that is so critical to delivering the breakthrough treatments we need.

'As new integrated care systems come in and we look forward to dementia’s inclusion in the NHS Long Term Plan refresh, we have a real opportunity to revolutionise the way we deliver dementia care and we must seize it.'

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