Spiers points to family distress as Byrne rules out free personal care

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

Health minister Liam Byrne has affirmed that most people will continue to have to pay for long term care out of their own pockets in his response to a Health Select Committee report on Continuing Care. Mr Byrne said the Government did not believe that making personal care free for everyone was the best use of limited resources, and that making personal care free for everyone would cost an estimated £8.4 billion over the lifetime of the current Parliament (assumed to be 2005-08). “This would consume most of the additional resources we are making available for older and disabled people,” the minister said. Philip Spiers, director of NHFA which advises older people and their families on paying for long term care, said the NHFA advice line continued to receive calls from distressed families being denied or trying to understand their rights to both care services and funding. “We are still waiting for national eligibility criteria for NHS continuing care,” said Mr Spiers. “Individuals are given no guidance about w

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