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Think tank recommends free personal care for elderly people

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7338.632/c (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:632
  1. Wendy Moore
  1. London

    A centre left think tank, regarded as close in political thinking to the Labour government, has called for all personal care as well as nursing care of elderly people to be free.

    In a report published last week, the Institute for Public Policy Research reviews the debates on funding long term care and raising state pensions.

    It recommends that the government adopt a policy about to be introduced in Scotland in which the state funds not just nursing care, as now, but also personal care of people in residential homes.

    The last Conservative government introduced means testing of elderly people going into residential care in 1993. This has meant that …

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