The Conservative Party’s 2015 manifesto has launched today, with several health policies including a commitment to take the lead in finding a cure for dementia. The manifesto contains a pledge to deliver the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020, which includes an aim to invest more than £300m in research over the next five years.
Matthew Norton, Head of Policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said:
“Alzheimer’s Research UK welcomes commitments to fund dementia research and urges all party leaders to prioritise action on the condition if they are elected. Over the last two parliaments we have seen a recognition of the need to intensify the fight against dementia, with initiatives to boost care and research, but funding for research is still low compared to the condition’s economic impact. Research funding must increase if we are to capitalise on the progress that’s been made and make a real difference to people’s lives.
“Dementia is our greatest health challenge, affecting 850,000 people in the UK today and causing untold devastation to families and society alike. We need to see all parties commit to funding for research, with a promise to make dementia a priority until the condition is defeated.”
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