Royal Commission

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

After more than a year of gathering evidence, the Royal Commission on long term care of elderly people has presented a majority report, along with a dissenting minority report, to the Government. Picking up on the Commission’s own phrase, “no obvious answer”, Secretary of State for Health Frank Dobson refuses to say if or when the Government will act on any of the Commission’s recommendations. Mr Dobson has instead voiced his hope that the recommendations would begin “an informed debate” on future funding arrangements for people who need long term care. The lynchpin of the Commission’s majority report was that the health care fraction be met by NHS funds with individuals picking up the tab for living and accommodation costs themselves, either out of their own pockets, or by means of private insurance. This proposal, it is estimated, would cost the NHS £1 billion in the first year if it was implemented immediately. The minority report argues that the annual cost is likely to escalate to at least £6 billion b

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