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Lyttle supports Alzheimer's Society's 'Right to Know' campaign

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On 15 April, I attended a launch event for the 'Right to Know' campaign, which seeks to ensure that every person with a dementia diagnosis in Northern Ireland receives their due information and support. At the launch, which featured a new information booklet, a Dementia Support Worker also spoke about the benefits of early diagnosis and post-diagnosis support.

The campaign has three key calls to government, healthcare and social care professionals: an increase in diagnosis rates to reach 75% by 2017; wait times no longer than 12 weeks between seeking GP help and final diagnosis; and those diagnosed must have immediate access to a Dementia Support Worker.

Of the 19,765 people with dementia in Northern Ireland, about 65% have a formal diagnosis. However, there are discrepancies in diagnosis rates across Trust areas. I voiced my concerns about this variation and pledged my support to the campaign.

As a government and community, we need to ensure that our most vulnerable residents have the proper care they deserve. I am pleased to contribute my part to the 'Right to Know' campaign and hope that others in the health and public sectors will also join in the fight against dementia.

Chris in the constituency