Alzheimer’s Society says Ombudsman’s report proves need for radical overhaul


Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Government policy on fully funded health care is built on straw and a wider debate is needed to fix the system, says the Alzheimer’s Society. The society’s chief executive, Neil Hunt, said a report from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman released in mid-March highlights the catastrophic muddle of Government policy on who pays for care. The Ombudsman found that thousands of people have been wrongly charged for care. “Any restitution is likely to fall far short of the true costs incurred by thousands of families in the UK,” said Mr Hunt. “Instead of wasting time and money trying to paper over the cracks of a defunct system, it is time for the Government to lead a national debate on who pays for care. We need a more equitable settlement that gives people a clear understanding of their rights. Currently no one knows. “The Ombudsman is right to highlight the financial and emotional impact that the current policy of charging for care has on people. Someone with Alzheimer’s disease who cann





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