Concerns of lack of support for care home residents by the NHS

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The largest representative body for independent care providers for adult social care, Care England, have concerns that a number of NHS bodies are failing to pay for increased cost pressures of looking after vulnerable people in Nursing Care Homes.

The NHS is responsible for arranging and funding care for individuals who are not in hospital and have been assessed as having a primary health need via NHS Continuing Health Care (CHC). Despite significant increases in NHS funding, some Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have not increased their CHC funding for 2018/19.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England has said:-

Decisions by some CCGs make absolutely no sense at all.  Zero % fee decisions result in vulnerable people at risk of ending up in hospital and not in care settings within their communities.  This is exactly what the NHS is trying to avoid.  Once again we call for a long term holistic plan by looking at the bigger picture”.

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