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By Debbie le Quesne

260k NHS care home fees refund

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Three families wrongly charged for their relatives’ care have won back over a quarter of a million pounds they were forced to pay.

The families had to sell homes to meet the huge costs for long-term dementia care that should have been funded by the NHS.

Now the families, who secured backdating of their claims, are urging others challenging NHS funding decisions to appeal to the Health Service Ombudsman.

But action for new claims needs to be taken before a September 2012 deadline, announced by the Department of Health.

Many people are unaware that the NHS is fully responsible for and fully funds ‘continuing healthcare’.

This generally affects seriously ill patients, often elderly, in nursing homes. It can also apply if a person is in hospital long-term or needs nursing care in their home.

Daughne Taylor, one of the successful claimants, said if she hadn’t seen an article about a person who managed to claim back her mother’s care fees she would not have had any knowledge of NHS continuing.

Families have been given a last chance to claim after the announcement from the Department of Health means a close down of claims for wrongly paid care home fees for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2011 in England.

A crucial 1999 ruling established that the NHS was responsible for funding care in a home where the primary reason for that care was a health need.

The Association wants people to be aware of their rights and equally importantly, to know that this really is their last chance to ask the Primary Care Trust for a review of care home fees paid from 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2012.

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Written by debbielq

May 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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