The NHS continuing healthcare system is fundamentally flawed and failing the most vulnerable in society, according to a new report.
The Continuing Healthcare Alliance, a group of 13 charities including Parkinson’s UK, the Alzheimer’s Society, Marie Curie, Age UK and Sue Ryder, says free NHS care outside of hospital is “complicated, confusing and intimidating for those who desperately rely on it”.
Morgan Vine, policy and campaigns adviser at Parkinson’s UK and chair of the Continuing Healthcare Alliance, said: “With significant cuts to social care and access to welfare benefits being restricted, some of the most vulnerable people in our society are seeing too many avenues of support being stripped away. This makes the failures of the NHS continuing healthcare system even more harrowing.
“What we hear time and again is that seriously ill people are being put through a complex and bewildering assessment process, often only to be told they don’t qualify for support. This leaves them and their carers confused, angry and isolated.
“Rapid and robust changes must be made to improve the current system. The Continuing Healthcare Alliance is calling on NHS England and the Department of Health to work with us to ensure that no-one is left without the care they so desperately need.”
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