One more roll of the dice


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

Over the course of the last few years the Government has been repeatedly savaged by the Health Service Ombudsman for allowing inconsistencies in local eligibility policies to deny so many vulnerable people their rightful access to fully-funded nursing care. After licking their wounds for what seemed like an eternity, ministers finally produced a solution to this “postcode lottery”, consultation on which closed in July. Most commentators accepted that the plans, which stretch over NHS-funded nursing care as well as continuing care, would do what it said on the tin, though many were concerned by the complexity which will still dog assessments. Surprisingly few were perturbed by the proposal to introduce a single national Registered Nursing Care Contribution (RNCC) and not one picked up on the failure to give people supported under continuing care parity with other care home residents: in the shape of a statutory right to exercise reasonable choice over where they will receive their care. Put simply, the pro





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