MEP’s call to tackle dementia

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EURO MP Stephen Hughes says more should be done to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease.

The Labour MEP, who represents the North East, is backing a call for the EU to put more effort into tackling the condition.

A formal resolution adopted by the European Parliament puts pressure on the EU Commission and government ministers to give more support to research into Alzheimer’s, which cost European governments more than £1billion in 2009.

MEPs also called for more help for carers of Alzheimer’s patients.

Stephen Hughes welcomed the MEPs’ vote but said it needs to be followed up by action.

“This is one of the most pressing long-term challenges facing our health and care services, so action must be taken.

“Whilst this report is very important, we know that the power lies with the governments who take decisions on where to prioritise research spending and investment.”