Cash for dementia

Today a friend of mine sent me a copy of this article by Dr Gavin Francis:

LRB - cash for diagnoses - Gavin Francis

Professor June Andrews of the Dementia Development Centre gave this published reply:

LRB - cash for diagnoses - June Andrews

Dr Francis replied in turn:

LRB - cash for diagnoses - reply to June Andrews

It is to Dr Francis’ credit that he has replied with such restraint.

I have long advocated a timely approach to the diagnosis of dementia. A timely approach was recently enshrined in the Glasgow Declaration which has now been across Europe.

Professor Andrews states that a failure to diagnose as early as possible should result in legal action.  However this is a most complex area as outlined in this paper and defensive medicine could result in significant harm:

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