Comment on long-term care landmark ruling

Friday 16 February 2007

Comment on long-term care landmark ruling

Commenting on this week's landmark case where Mike Pearce was able to recoup 50,000 from his local primary care trust after being wrongly advised that his mother was ineligible for NHS funding towards the cost of her long-term care, SAGA, said:

"We are delighted that Mr Pearce was able to get back some of the money he spent on care for his late mother, a bill that should have been picked up by his local primary care trust, such was the severity of her need. Sadly this case is not the first and nor will it be the last - the issue of who pays for what when it comes to long-term residential and nursing care is a very complex one and there are often exceptions to rules that people, and often the authorities, are unaware of.

"The Department of Health is due to publish a report into long-term care funding this spring which we hope will go some way towards clarifying what people are entitled to. Paying for long-term care is a complicated and emotive issue, and it's vital that people seek independent, specialist financial advice before they make any decisions about selling their homes or dipping into hard-earned savings as there are often better and more efficient ways to fund care."


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