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Continuing Health Care

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the number of people who will meet the eligibility criteria for NHS continuing health care which are set out in the Government’s proposals for a new national framework for NHS continuing health care; (92277)

(2) what additional resources are being made available to finance the Government’s proposals for a national framework for NHS continuing health care.

The public consultation on the national framework for national health service continuing health care closed on 22 September and participants’ comments are currently being collated.

Until this process is completed, it will not be possible to make a decision about funding levels and no estimate of the number of individuals eligible for NHS funding can be made. However, the national framework will not change the existing legal basis for the provision of NHS continuing health care. Fully funded NHS continuing health care will continue to be provided for all those individuals whose primary need is a health need.