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P-05-697 45000 Reasons Wales Needs a Dementia Strategy
This petition was submitted by the Altzheimer’s Society, having collected 5,861 signatures on an alternative e-petitions website.
We call on the Welsh Government to commit to a dementia strategy that improves the lives of people living with dementia in Wales.
There are currently 45,000 people estimated to be living with dementia in Wales, less than 50% of whom have received a formal diagnosis. Receiving a diagnosis of dementia empowers people to make decisions about the care and support they receive; it opens the door to accessing services and, where necessary, medication.
However, even those who have received a diagnosis have most likely not received the information and support that they need in order to live well with dementia. 1 in 10 people with dementia in Wales did not receive any support at all in the first year after their diagnosis, leaving them to deal with their diagnosis alone.
People living with dementia in Wales are less likely to receive a diagnosis, and are less likely to have access to post-diagnosis support than those living in the rest of the UK. This has to change.
We want the Welsh Government to develop a dementia strategy for Wales, one that demonstrates a commitment to improving diagnosis rates, and ensures the access to local services and the quality of care that people living with dementia deserve.
Petition handover in the Senedd
This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 21/03/2017.
The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and, given that the main aim of the petition is now being met, agreed to close the petition. In doing so, Members also wished to thank the petitioners for their engagement with the petitions process.
Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.
Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
Status: For consideration
First published: 06/07/2016