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Continuing care findings could not come soon enough

January 20, 2014 5:29 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on a BBC report which today revealed further evidence thatJim HumeJim Hume people in Scotland are being wrongly charged care home costs, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"The findings of the Scottish Government's investigation into NHS continuing care could not come soon enough. This further evidence suggests that the disparity in continuing care guidelines between health boards in England and Scotland is leaving Scotland's patients worse off. We need to know the extent of this problem and what Scotland's health secretary is going to do to address it.

"Caring for an ill family member with complex care needs can be particularly stressful for family members already juggling work and other care commitments. A costly bill for essential accommodation only adds to the mountain of worries, which is why we need complete transparency around who should and shouldn't have to pay.

"In any event the Scottish Government should consider seriously the need for an independent appeals process. Given the substantial costs involved of self-funding care home accommodation it seems entirely appropriate that patients and their families are given the right to appeal a decision by a health board."