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Government will not back down over free personal care for all elderly people

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:692
  1. Madeleine Brettingham
  1. London

The UK's minister for community care, Stephen Ladyman, has insisted that the government will not extend free personal care to all elderly people in England and Wales. The remarks were made at a meeting of the House of Commons select committee on health, as part of its investigation into the current state of continuing care in the NHS.

Dr Ladyman said that people demanding a move towards the Scottish system, which provides subsidised places in nursing homes and free personal care for everyone aged over 65, as recommended for all elderly people by the Royal Commission on Long Term Care (BMJ 2000;321:317), were guilty of a “callous misinterpretation of …

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