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Dementia Drugs - a local decision needed

22 November, 2006

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson John O Dowd MLA is calling on Direct rule Health Minister Paul Goggins to leave the Status Quo as it is in terms of guidance on the prescription of Dementia drugs and allow Doctors to continue to prescribe when they believe a patient will benefit from such drugs.

Mr O Dowd said:

"In respect to the guidance form NICE to the Health Service in the North my
understanding is that where their guidance is deemed as controversial the
responsibility for the final decision rests with the Health Minister.

"I am calling on Paul Goggins and indeed the Secretary of State Peter Hain
to leave such a decision on the future health and well being of thousands of
Dementia sufferers and their carers  to a locally elected Minister.

"I cannot understand how NICE have issued guidance which goes against their
own expert  panel on the treatment of Dementia , these drugs while not a
cure make a major impact on the quality of life of the sufferer and their

"It will be Sinn Féin's intention to ensure that quality of life for people
with dementia is improved not restricted." ENDS

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