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Funding of long term care for older people needs to be publicly debated

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 01 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:936
  1. J Petrie, president,
  2. C MacKay, president,
  3. G Alberti, president,
  4. B Williams, president
  1. Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
  2. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Glasgow G2 5RJ
  3. Royal College of Physicians, London NW1 4LE
  4. British Geriatrics Society, London NW1 4LB

    EDITOR—Last March the Royal Commission on Long Term Care recommended a clear, consistent national policy to guide the partnership between public and private provision of long term care of older people.1

    Two important recommendations were:

    • Personal care should be funded by taxation and board and lodging by individuals, with state help for the poorest

    • The government should establish a national care commission to set criteria and monitor standards.

    Legislation is before parliament to establish a national care standards commission that …

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