April 02, 2012 13:02 ET

ITV Investigation Reveals That the Postcode Lottery Fiasco Is Still Happening

WILMSLOW, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 2, 2012) - It is ten times easier to get continuing healthcare funding in some regions of England and Wales than others, according to some recent research.

An investigation by ITV News has revealed that the postcode lottery fiasco is still going on and that despite the fact that the National Framework was introduced five years ago, there is still a gap between various areas of the UK in terms of NHS Continuing Care funding.

The National Framework was initiated to standardise the assessment process and eligibility criteria however the investigation found that the best-performing Primary Care Trust (PCT) was in Barking and Dagenham where 158 people in 50,000 received funding. In a stark contrast, only 16 people in 50,000 qualified for continuing care in West Berkshire.

Further findings show that the top five performing PCTs include Darlington, Northumberland, Salford, Sheffield and Hull. In comparison, the five worst performing PCTs consist of Blackburn and Darwen, Trafford, Brighton and Hove, Berkshire West and Oxfordshire. What is more, 60% of PCTs do not tell people about continuing care which could save Brits thousands of pounds per month.

Cheselden is the market-leading NHS Continuing Healthcare review specialist with an experienced team of professionals that are committed to providing high quality service and expert clinical advice to people and organisations across England.

Colin Ball, Managing Director of Cheselden, said: "This is yet more evidence that the National Framework isn't doing its job properly. As a result, thousands of sick and vulnerable people are missing out on the funding they're entitled to. Anyone with an overriding health need should qualify for NHS Continuing Care funding, wherever they live in England or Wales."

The ITV investigation used two patient case studies to undercover the extent of the postcode lottery. One included a man with advanced Alzheimer's disease called Mr Christopher Grillet from Cambridgeshire who can no longer walk, speak or eat. The other case study comprised of a man called Mr Jack Straw from London's Kensington and Chelsea borough that has a heart condition.

The results showed that Mr Grillet used to receive NHS Continuing Healthcare but had the funding withdrawn in 2010 and now his wife pays £1,100 a week for care. On the other hand, Mr Straw receives fully-funded care because his needs have been assessed as medical.

The case studies suggest that people with mental health conditions such as Alzheimer's are not often seen as medical problems and are missing out on funding.

Mr Ball added: "I would urge anyone with a serious health condition, or who is concerned about a relative who has been denied or not been informed about NHS Continuing Care funding, to contact Cheselden immediately so we can review your case."

With the average place in a care home with nursing costing around £35,000 a year, many Brits are being forced to use their savings and sell their homes to pay for care. Choose Cheselden to handle your care home fees claim today.

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