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United Kingdom divided as Scotland introduces free personal care for elderly people

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 29 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1542
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    A two tier system of care for elderly people will be introduced in the United Kingdom's national health service from next week when Scotland starts providing free personal care for those aged over 65.

    From 1 July people in Scotland who are assessed as requiring personal and nursing care will have their costs met by the state if they live at home and will receive payments of £145-£210 ($216-$313; €225-€327) a week, depending on their needs, if they are in care homes.

    It will leave elderly people in Scotland better off than those in the rest of the United Kingdom, where personal care will …

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