Trade union joins fight for free nursing care in Wales

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

A trade union in Wales is to bring legal action to compel the NHS to pay medical costs of elderly people in nursing homes. The mining union NACODS (National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers) said many pensioners were being wrongly charged for nursing home costs. The union cites a Court of Appeal ruling which it claims states that places in the homes should be provided free of charge under the NHS continuing care scheme. NACODS general secretary in Wales Bleddyn Hancock told media in South Wales that, at the moment, only patients “at death’s door” were not being charged for treatment. As a result, many elderly people were obliged to sell their houses, or use pension funds and life savings to fund the medical costs. “Too many people are afraid to fight for what is lawfully theirs,” said Mr Hancock. “People do not want to look money-grabbing or greedy but it is their legal right to be provided with free care if they need ongoing medical attention. “The Government will get away

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