On the 25th of Januarary I asked the Scottish Government about Alzheimer’s Disease and its impact in Scotland. The question was:
Colin Smyth MSP:
According to recent figures on dementia post-diagnostic support, only 17 per cent of people who live in the most deprived areas are referred for support, compared with 24 per cent of people in the more affluent areas. I am sure that the minister agrees that both figures are shockingly low. What action is the Government taking to ensure that everyone who has a diagnosis of dementia receives the care that they require?
Maureen Watt MSP (Minister for Mental Health):
I was glad to see the figures published yesterday that give us a true picture of those who are in need of dementia care. Scotland is the first country in the United Kingdom to have one-year post-diagnosis support. The dementia strategy is being reviewed and members can look forward to a new strategy shortly that will take those figures into account.