Councils not compensated for continuing care bills

    Councils have not been compensated for paying the care bills of
    people wrongly denied fully-funded NHS continuing care, the health
    select committee heard today, writes Mithran Samuel
    from the committee meeting.

    The director of social services and health at Wakefield Council
    Elaine McHale said the government estimates that £180 million
    would be paid out to people wrongly denied continuing care ignored
    the costs to councils.

    On the first day of the committee’s inquiry into
    continuing care, she said: “The £180 million does not
    take into account the costs to the social services system where
    social services have picked up a wrong decision.”

    Under continuing care, the NHS is responsible for the care costs
    of people whose needs are primarily health-based.

    The committee also heard that the payouts would not fully
    compensate people forced to sell their homes to pay care bills that
    should have been met by the NHS.

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