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MPs to query dementia sedation

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An inquiry into the use of sedative drugs in patients with dementia has been launched after a charity claimed they had ‘minimal benefit and dangerous side-effects’

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia will investigate the use of antipsychotic drugs given to people with dementia in care homes, following suggestions that the NHS spends £80m on unnecessary prescribing.

Neil Hunt, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘It is absurd that we are wasting millions of pounds prescribing these drugs when this money would be much better spent training health professionals in dementia care.’

Over 100,000 people are currently on antipsychotics.

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