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Commission finds patchy care for dementia sufferers in Scotland

The Mental Welfare Commission has said severe dementia sufferers are not receiving acceptable care from the NHS in Scotland, six years after it first raised concerns.

Understaffing, stark rooms, poor care plans and sedation used as a first, not last, resort; were among the issues found when commission staff visited dementia units.

They found that other areas provided exemplary levels of care.

About 86,000 people in Scotland have dementia, a third of whom are in care homes. The Scottish government has said it is investing £500,000 in training.

BBC Scotland's health correspondent Eleanor Bradford reports.