The government is putting pressure on GPs to increase the number of patients diagnosed with dementia. But why?
But there is no evidence that an early diagnosis benefits patients. The effect on them and their relatives can be devastating, and there isn't enough information available still from GPs for them. Also,support throughout England and Wales is still a post code lottery, patchy throughout. In addition, those diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment will live in terror that it may develop into dementia, whereas only 45% actually do.
Some may benefit from medication that can help hold the process back, so it could be said that the real beneficiaries are the pharmaceutical companies.