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PM vows to double dementia funding

granny 2161715cFunding for research into dementia is to be more than doubled by 2015 in a bid to make Britain a world leader in the field, David Cameron has announced.

The Prime Minister declared that tackling the "national crisis" posed by the disease is one of his personal priorities.
He said it is a "scandal" that the UK has not done more to address dementia, which is thought to affect 670,000 people although about 400,000 have not been diagnosed and do not know they have it. The cost to UK society is estimated at £23 billion.
Over the next 10 years, the number with the disease is expected to rise to one million.

Launching a "national challenge on dementia", Mr Cameron set out plans to step up research into cures and treatments and to ensure that the health and social care systems are equipped to deal with the problem.
Hospitals will be given an extra £54 million to assist the diagnosis of the disease. Overall funding for dementia research is to reach £66 million by 2015, from £26.6 million in 2010.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2012 16:33


Judge raises bar for mesothelioma compensation for elderly sufferers

expert witness asbestos fibresElderly victims of mesothelioma, the cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, could be entitled to much more substantial compensation following a landmark ruling on damages for pain and suffering.

In the High Court, on 10 February, Mrs Justice Swift awarded 92-year-old Dennis Ball £50,000 compensation for pain and suffering after he developed asbestos-related cancer following his work for the National Coal Board and British Coal Corporation, bringing his total compensation to £73,890.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2012 19:13


Q&A: PIP breast implants health scare


French breast implants have caused a health scare in Europe and South America due to a high risk of rupturing in the body.


The response has varied, notably between the UK and France.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:34


Lord Tebbit enjoying 'being on side of angels' in battle over legal aid cuts Former Tory minister known for tough approach believes cutting aid for children in medical negligence cases is 'going too far'



Sir-Norman-Tebbit-007Lord Tebbit, the former Conservative minister campaigning to preserve legal aid for children in medical negligence cases, has revealed that he enjoys being "on the side of the angels for once" in opposing cutbacks.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2011 16:40


Banning 'pocket money-priced alcohol' could save thousands of lives, say doctors

Your Expert Witness Andrew LansleyGroup of leading doctors and academics say there is an 'urgent need' to raise the price of cheap alcohol

Thousands of lives could be saved if cheap alcoholic drinks were made more expensive, medical experts said.
A group of leading doctors and academics urged the Government to bring in a minimum price for alcoholic beverages, saying that 'pocket money prices' should be a thing of the past.

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, 19 experts said there was an 'urgent need' to raise the price of cheap alcohol.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 16:14