Dramatic variations in the number of people around the country receiving full continuing care funding have been revealed.
Which? analysis of the latest 2017-18 figures shows that Salford had the most local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) funded patients at 220.38 per 50,000 compared with just 8.78 in South Reading.
|Most CCG funded patients per 50,000||Least CCG funded patients per 50,000|
|Salford 220.38||South Reading 8.78|
|Thurrock 146.49||North and West Reading 18.45|
|Wolverhampton 141.19||Wokingham 18.78|
|Sutton 131.96||Newbury and District 19.33|
|Sunderland 120.29||Luton 20.49|
Which? said that while the Department of Health insisted there were no quotas or caps on access to CCG funding, NHS England’s efficiency plan included asking CCGs to make £855m savings on CHC and NHS funded nursing care by 2020-21, despite a 45% predicted five-year growth in costs.
The consumer group said there were huge differences in waiting times for funding decisions. Only 2% of people in North Lincolnshire had a decision within the recommended 28 days, compared with 100% in Ashford.