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Commission on funding long term care will consider compulsory payment

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3960 (Published 21 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3960
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The government commission on funding long term care for older people will be free to consider the option of a compulsory payment despite this being rejected by the Conservatives before the election, a Department of Health spokesperson has confirmed.

    The news came as health secretary Andrew Lansley announced that Oxford economist and former head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies Andrew Dilnot is to chair the government’s commission, which was announced last week (BMJ 2010;341:c3901, doi:10.1136/bmj.c3901).

    The controversial “death tax” option—as it was dubbed by Conservative MPs in the lead up to the election—was not initially mentioned as an option by Mr Lansley in his statement announcing the members and remit of the commission on 20 July.

    Instead he …

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