NHS continuing care claims ‘top £550m’

The NHS is facing claims of more than £550m after wrongly
charging people for their continuing care, according to the Liberal

Survey responses from 23 of the 28 strategic health authorities in
England reveal that the cost of paying compensation claims to
people wrongfully denied NHS funding for long-term care this year
will be £220m, with the total cost of compensation put at

The survey confirms figures gathered by Community Care in
August which suggest that the compensation bill for people who
should have received free care could be double the £300m
allocated by the Department of Health (news, page 10, 7 August).

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