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Dementia ‘not being diagnosed’

Fewer than half of people with dementia ever receive a formal diagnosis, according to a new parliamentary report.

Around 800,000 people in the country currently have dementia, with numbers expected to rise to more than a million by 2021.

However, a report published this week by the parliamentary group on dementia has found a "shocking" variation in the number of people with dementia who are diagnosed.

In England, just 41% of people receive a diagnosis, and in parts of Wales diagnostic rates are as low as 32%.