GPs will be paid £55 for every patient diagnosed with dementia under a controversial scheme to boost detection. It is being rolled out by the NHS over concerns that family doctors are picking up less than half of all cases. But leading GPs have branded the incentives unethical and say they will lead to patients being wrongly diagnosed and suffering needless anxiety. Full story >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail is set in a doctor's surgery. A mother has brought her four children to see the doctor because they are covered in spots. However, the doctor calls out to his nurse, "Nurse. Another four tragic cases of dementia — NEXT!"
The joke is that the doctor is diagnosing the four children with dementia (a disease that usually affects only old people), so that he can claim the £55 incentive for each one. When he says 'Next', he means that he wants to see the next patient (who will probably also have dementia!).
Dementia is a serious illness affecting someone's brain and memory in which they gradually stop being able to think or behave in a normal way. Most forms of dementia usually affect only old people.