Health committee backs cradle to grave care

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 17 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:382

With the question of who pays for the care of elderly people looming as an election issue in Britain, the all party commons health select committee last week endorsed the idea of long term nursing care being funded by the NHS, wherever it is provided.

The Conservative dominated committee said that it is indefensible for nursing to be available free on the NHS in all settings except for people in private nursing homes, who currently are means tested. The committee's report Long-term Care: Future Provision and Funding has been welcomed by the BMA, the Royal College of Nursing, and …

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