Welsh Assembly to introduce flat rate nursing care subsidy
The National Assembly in Wales is to introduce a new flat rate Â£100 a week subsidy for those nursing home patients who pay for their care. It is estimated that the new cash support will affect around 2,400 people across the region. Welsh health minister Jane Hutt described the new system as “a very good deal” for nursing home residents in Wales and said an extra Â£1m was being allocated to put the new arrangements into action. “The Â£100 a week is a fair, reasonable and affordable contribution from the NHS towards care costs,” said Ms Hutt. “I will shortly be issuing guidance about how free nursing care will operate. “Individuals in nursing homes and their representatives should in the first place keep in contact with the home owner or manager, who in turn should liaise closely with the health authority,” she said.