IHA welcomes Ombudsman’s report

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

The publication of the latest Health Service Ombudsman’s report has been welcomed by the Independent Healthcare Association (IHA) for highlighting the ongoing crisis with funding for long-term care for older people. The number of complaints to the Ombudsman has shot up by 50 per cent, reaching a level of nearly 4,000 in the 12 months up to April 2003. Many complaints were from people unhappy about NHS funding decisions for long-term care. IHA chief executive Barry Hassell said the Ombudsman’s report highlighted the difficulties facing people requiring long-term care. “Complex and confusing rules mean that people are often denied access to the choice of care to which they are entitled,” Mr Hassell said. “There is also a more general crisis stemming from the underfunding of long-term care for older people – a crisis that has led to the loss of 50,000 care home beds in the last five years alone. Government and statutory commissioners must ensure that residents in care homes are properly funded. “Older people see

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