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National Dementia Strategy: a window of opportunity?: Commentary on … National Dementia Strategy: innovation or reiteration?

  • Steve Iliffe (a1)
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Many practitioners will sympathise with Claire Hilton's views of the National Dementia Strategy. However, implementation of healthcare policies is frequently a long drawn out and messy process. There is no guarantee that its proposals will be implemented, given the vagaries of economies and the frailty of political will, but all of them could be. We should aim for gradual changes that produce qualitative shifts in the standards of dementia care.

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See special article, pp. 292–294, this issue.

Declaration of interest

S.I. is Associate Director of the Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network and was a member of the External Reference Group of the National Dementia Strategy.

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