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UK government outlines details of free personal care for people most in need

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 19 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4939
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The UK government has promised to introduce free personal and social care for older people and disabled adults as part of its legislative plans for the remainder of the current parliament before a general election next year.

    In the Queen’s speech on 18 November the government announced details of the Personal Care at Home Bill for England that it intends to introduce. But doubts have been raised about how much can be achieved before an election, which is likely to take place in May 2010.

    An anticipated Health Bill, to give legal status to maximum waiting times for some NHS surgery and consultations, was not included in the speech …

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