Government confirms plan for long term care commission, but details remain sketchy

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 19 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3901
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    England’s health secretary, Andrew Lansley, has confirmed that the coalition government plans to hold a commission on the funding of care and support for elderly and disabled people. The commission, first announced in the coalition’s programme for government in May, will be asked to report in a year.

    It will include the thorny issue of whether people should be forced to sell their homes to pay for their care. But the exact details of the commission’s remit and membership have yet to be finalised, to the concern of campaigners.

    A spokeswoman for Age UK said that the charity was concerned that it doesn’t yet know who will be on the commission. “We haven’t had any news about what exactly the commission is going to be looking at,” she said, and she …

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