Huge failings in NHS continuing care funding – a funding package to provide free health care for people with severe health needs – has been uncovered in a new report from Parkinson’s UK today.
The report found that thousands of vulnerable and sick people are being left with no choice but to pick up the cost of specialised care they cannot survive without – with those living with long-term, degenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and dementia particularly at risk.
George McNamara Head of Policy and Public Affairs Alzheimer’s Society said;
‘People with dementia can often require round the clock care, putting huge strain on families and individuals both emotionally and financially. The financial support provided by NHS continuing healthcare is a lifeline for people with dementia and their carers.
‘It is deeply concerning that so many people struggle to access this support and are subjected to frequent and unnecessary assessments. The fact that people are facing endless delays while funding decisions are made or having support withdrawn as their symptoms worsen, leaving them facing spiralling costs for their care, is completely unacceptable.
‘A system where people are left abandoned when they are at their most vulnerable is nonsensical and not fit for purpose. We fully support Parkinson’s UK in their call for an overhaul of this system.’