Dementia research funding is to be more than doubled by 2015 in order to make the UK one of the leading countries in the field, according to the Prime Minister.
David Cameron said the fact that the UK has not done more to tackle dementia is a “scandal”, and stated that tackling the “national crisis” is one of his own personal priorities.
Around 670,000 people nationwide are thought to be suffering from the condition, although up to 400,000 of these have not been diagnosed. The cost to the UK is valued at around £23 billion.
With numbers of sufferers set to swell to one million, Mr Cameron has launched a “national challenge on dementia”, looking into cures for the degenerative condition as well as health and social care infrastructure.
The funding for research will hit £66 million in three years’ time, compared with £26.6 million for 2010.
Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said: “There are currently 800,000 people with dementia, yet too many are not able to live well with the condition. The PM is leading the way, but from Plymouth to Preston, from the boardroom to bus drivers, we all have a role to play.”