UK’s attempt to provide free personal care for most vulnerable is defeated in House of LordsBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1601 (Published 19 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1601
- Clare Dyer
Plans by the United Kingdom’s Labour government to provide free personal care at home for the most vulnerable older people in England have been dealt what may be a fatal blow by the House of Lords.
Peers defeated the government four times on the Personal Care at Home Bill, voting through an amendment that would delay implementation until an independent study into costing had been carried out, and a sunset clause that would cause the bill to lapse after two years unless implemented in the meantime.
The Lords also supported an amendment that would require a debate in …