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Dementia issue raised in Westminster by Gloucester MP

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

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PIONEERING work on dementia care has been highlighted by Gloucester's MP, who has invited health ministers to see it in action.

Richard Graham secured a debate on the illness which affects more than 8,000 people in Gloucestershire, and he challenged Minister of State for Care and Support, Norman Lamb to see how the Barnwood Trust is helping people with dementia.

"We are fortunate to have a local charitable foundation, the Barnwood Trust, and it is working closely with the Gloucestershire clinical commissioning group, which has won £500,000 from the NHS dementia challenge to create dementia-friendly communities," Mr Graham said in the Westminster Hall debate. "That means having community workers who are trained as dementia link workers - people who are connecting to local communities."

Lib Dem Mr Lamb wouldn't commit to a Gloucestershire visit at this stage but didn't rule it out.

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