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Health Care Criteria

Volume 404: debated on Monday 28 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health which strategic health authorities have found that the local NHS continuing health care criteria used at some point since 1996 in each of their areas has not complied with (a) NHS continuing health care guidance and (b) the Coughlan judgment.[110047]

Strategic health authorities have considered whether continuing care criteria in use in their area since 1996 were consistent with the Coughlan judgment. Some are taking further legal advice and will be reporting on this to the Department of Health by the end of May.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people each strategic health authority estimates have been wrongly assessed under local eligibility criteria that did not comply with the Coughlan judgment and have therefore had their care paid by themselves or social services.[110048]

Strategic health authorities will report to the Department by the end of May with an estimate.