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Health: Continuing Care

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 28 October 2008 (WA 154), whether, following the introduction of the National Framework for Continuing Care in October 2007, primary care trusts have completed the reassessment of eligibility for continuing care; and, if so, when the new criteria and resulting table of eligibilities will be published. [HL1034]

The department published The National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS funded Nursing Care in June 2007. This document details the new criteria to be used by primary care trusts in assessing eligibility for continuing care. A copy has been placed in the Library.

If the National Health Service is providing any part of a patient's care, a case review should be undertaken to reassess care needs and eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare no later than three months following the initial assessment, and then as a minimum standard on an annual basis. There is also the right to request a review if an individual, or their representative, considers that the wrong decision has been made.