New figures have revealed that patients diagnosed with dementia are missing out on crucial support packages.
Only 43.9 per cent of those diagnosed with dementia in NHS Forth Valley were referred for the necessary support set out by SNP government targets.
That’s despite a Scottish Government promise that ‘all those newly diagnosed with dementia should have a minimum of 12 months post-diagnostic support’.
It is estimated that in NHS Forth Valley, 955 people were diagnosed in 2016/17 – the latest year for which figures are available – yet just 419 were referred to the scheme.
Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart said:
‘’The target set by the Scottish Government is that every person with dementia should receive support for a least a year after being diagnosed.
‘’Yet despite this, only 44% are being referred.
‘‘Every year the number of people diagnosed with this cruel condition increases, and that should be matched by improvements in care and performance.
‘’Health is fully devolved and the SNP have had full responsibility for Scotland’s health service for well more than a decade now, and have to explain why people in the Forth Valley are being let down on dementia care.’’