Milburn hints at nursing care funding
Health Secretary Alan Milburn has raised hopes that the Government will introduce free nursing care for elderly people. Speaking at the Royal College of Nursing annual conference on April 5, Mr Milburn admitted that funding for long term care of elderly people is a shambles. “The system we have is the worst combination of chaotic and unfair and we have to change it,” Mr Milburn said. Estimates are that it would cost the taxpayer between Â£250 million and Â£300 million a year if nursing care is funded as part of spending plans for the NHS to be announced this summer. Mr Milburn’s hint that nursing care will be funded is the first indication of any Government response to the Royal Commission on Long Term Care which reported more than a year ago.