NHS continuing healthcare funding (NHS CHC) – update
The House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts Committee issued a report on NHS continuing healthcare funding (NHS CHC) on 10th January 2018. It notes in the summary report:
NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) funding is intended to help some of the most vulnerable people in society, who have significant health care needs. But too often people’s care is compromised because no one makes them aware of the funding available, or helps them navigate the hugely complicated process for accessing funding…
NHS England wants CCGs to make £855m of efficiency savings in CHC and NHS-funded nursing care funding by 2220-21, but it is not clear how they can do this without either increasing the threshold of those assessed as eligible, or by limiting the care packages available, both of which will ultimately put patient safety at risk.
The Committee should be applauded for the recommendation:
NHS England should provide us, by April 2018, with a costed breakdown of how these efficiency savings will be achieved, and assurance they will not be achieved by restricting access to care for vulnerable patients.
For a discussion of the report go to Professor Luke Clements’ website, click on “What’s new” and scan down to the article “Musical Chairs.”