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GPs trained to spot Alzheimer's and dementia

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All GPs are to be trained to spot the first signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia, the Department of Health has promised.

This weekend the government’s care services minister Phil Hope announced the new strategy in a newspaper interview.

Training will also give provided to give doctors more opportunities to specialise in treatment Alzheimer’s and dementia.

A DH spokesperson said: ‘We want to make sure that every GP is trained to spot the first signs of dementia, and to refer patients on to specialists.

‘The Department of Health will work with all relevant medical and nursing organisations - including the Royal College of GPs, Skills for Care and the NHS - to make sure that appropriate training is provided for medical students, and we will create opportunities for post-graduate education and training in dementia.’

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