Costs only partly met due to mix-up

    People eligible for full NHS funding for their care are having only
    their nursing costs met because of confusion over different funding
    systems, MPs were told last week.

    The parliamentary health select committee was told many people were
    incorrectly denied fully-funded NHS continuing care because they
    had already been given the top band of registered nursing care
    contribution worth just £125 a week.

    Although continuing care applies to anyone with a primary health
    need and the contribution to people whose nursing care needs are
    incidental to their personal care requirements, guidance for the
    two systems is practically indistinguishable.

    Age Concern care finance policy adviser Pauline Thompson told MPs:
    “If you look at the criteria for the highest band you’ve got to
    have complex needs and therapeutic interventions. How can you
    [then] not be described as having a primary health need?”

    Thompson added that people were being wrongly deemed ineligible for
    continuing care because they were not in a nursing home.

    She said: “The guidance says you can get [continuing care] in any
    setting. I would suspect that people living in residential homes
    and people at home are missing out.”

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