Government clarifies long term NHS careBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6953.498 (Published 20 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:498
- J Warden
Criticism that the NHS is neglecting the long term health care of elderly people has prompted the Department of Health to clarify its responsibilities. As a result, health authorities are being told to reassess their provision for long term health care. But the Labour opposition and voluntary organisations say that many ambiguities remain.
Draft guidance issued for consultation by the NHS Executive requires health authorities to make “appropriate provision” and to draw up local criteria for eligibility. Some authorities …