Increase in the level of NHS funded nursing care announced

    Stephen Ladyman has announced that care home residents will
    benefit from an increase in the level of NHS funded nursing care,
    writes Clare Jerrom.

     
    Ladyman

    Primary care trusts fund nursing care which is paid to care
    homes, based on the level of an individual’s needs and the
    funding is divided into three bands.

    The high band will increase by four pounds to £129 per week
    from April next year. The medium band will rise from £77.50 to
    £80 per week and the low band will remain at £40 per
    week.

    The health minister said that when the scheme was announced in
    October 2001, the government made a commitment to reassessing the
    bands of nursing care, and the assessment had led to the
    increases.

    “In the New Year we will be working with Strategic Health
    Authority’s and other stakeholders to draft a new national
    framework for the assessment for fully funded NHS continuing
    care,” said Ladyman.

    “As part of this work, we will also be looking at the way
    NHS-funded nursing care is being implemented,” he added.

    Further information from www.dh.gov.uk

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