NHS funding for long term care ­ the Ombudsman speaks out

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

|The Health Service Ombudsman has upheld complaints against four health authorities over continuing care issues. Peter Grose looks at the legal details| On 20 February 2003, the Health Service Ombudsman Ann Abraham published a detailed and damning report about the way in which health authorities set and apply their eligibility criteria for NHS funding for continuing care. Her severest criticism was reserved for the Department of Health (DoH) which was shown to be slow and lacking in leadership in dealing with an issue of major national concern. The Ombudsman¹s decision upheld complaints about four separate health authorities concerning their failure to fund in full the care of patients in nursing homes. She took the opportunity of setting out in detail the factual and legal history of NHS funding for long term care and then set out a detailed list of recommendations. It is instructive to go through these in detail. The heart of this issue is that if someone qualifies for NHS funded continuing care then all t

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