Government and policy
In the three years since we launched our Manifesto 2015-2020, which outlined five areas the government could improve to support dementia research, we have seen much success and growth. Despite all this good progress, we haven’t yet reached our goal.
In all the developments so far there has been no specific mention of dementia.
As the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday today, we’re reflecting on how the National Health Service has shaped and delivered medical advances and how it needs to adapt to the changing face of health today.
The Prime Minister announced an aim to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of a range of health conditions including dementia.
We’re feeding in to this review and have outlined to the government what support is needed to successfully meet the goals in the Challenge and what we hope to see beyond 2020.
The potential impact of your data is what gives it so much power. Your health data, and what you decide to do with it, can help our healthcare system provide the best care possible, not just for you, but for others as well.
While we have known about the disproportionately high impact of dementia on women for some time, we’re not entirely clear of the reasoning behind these differences.
Recent news from the pharmaceutical industry that Pfizer is reducing its investment in dementia research has highlighted some of the barriers to research, and the increased need for shared responsibility in bringing treatments to people in need.
2018 promises to be just as busy as last year, and likely with as many changes in the political scene, some directly affecting dementia research. Amid these, Alzheimer’s Research UK will be pushing for the Government to give priority to bringing an end to the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.
At Alzheimer’s Research UK, we are celebrating what has been a busy, challenging and successful year. This has been particularly true for our policy and public affairs efforts as the past twelve months presented many opportunities for lawmakers to make dementia research a priority. With your help, we’ve gained ground. We’re taking a look back at the work we accomplished together in 2017.