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Statement 'to reveal £150m dementia pledge'

25 November 2015 10:06

David Cameron speaking at the first Global Dementia Legacy Event

David Cameron speaking at the first Global Dementia Legacy Event

The Government is set to pledge a further £150 million to help tackle the UK's growing dementia problem, according to reports.

The Prime Minister, who described the disease as "one of the greatest enemies of humanity", is vowing to step up the fight against it.

According to the reports, details about the funding will be announced during the Autumn Statement on Wednesday.

Dementia 'crisis'

It is estimated that dementia affects around 850,000 people in the UK, and medical experts have warned that the figure could double in the next 20 years.

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Dementia institute

David Cameron says that for far too long dementia has been "ignored, downplayed or mistaken" as part of the ageing process.

Work has already begun to drive forward research into the condition.

In February, plans to open an international dementia institute in England within the next five years were unveiled by the Coalition Government.

World leader

Investment in dementia research has doubled since 2010, while hundreds of thousands of NHS staff and carers have undergone specialist training, the PM says in a statement in the Daily Telegraph.

He sees the dementia institute as "another great step" in the battle to "defeat this disease once and for all", bringing together cutting-edge research tools and expertise.

Three years ago, Mr Cameron launched the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia, pledging to make the UK a world leader in dementia care and research.