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Health authorities named for failing to investigate charges for care of elderly

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 23 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:703
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The UK government has named health authorities that have failed to make progress in assessing whether older people were unlawfully charged for NHS care.

    The health minister Dr Stephen Ladyman reported to the House of Commons last week on the progress made with investigations into cases where elderly people may have been inappropriately denied fully funded NHS care. He said that most strategic health authorities had made good progress on this issue, with the investigations into more than 85% of cases being completed by July this year. However, he added: “Approximately 1600 cases remain outstanding, which is unacceptable.”

    The statement …

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