National Audit Office – Investigation says CHC too complex and CCGs inconsistent.

From the National Audit Office:

The National Audit Office has today published the findings of its investigation into NHS continuing healthcare. NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) is a package of care provided outside of hospital that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals who have significant ongoing health care needs.  Funding for ongoing health care is a complex and highly sensitive area, which can affect some of the most vulnerable people in society and those that care for them. The number of people assessed as eligible for CHC funding has been growing by an average of 6.4% a year over the last four years.  In 2015-16, almost 160,000 people received, or were assessed as eligible for, CHC funding in the year, at a cost of £3.1 billion. If someone is assessed as not eligible for CHC funding, they may still be entitled to other health and social care services, some of which the individual may have to pay for.

Daily Mail reports on NHS care fund they don’t tell you about

  • People with complex health needs should have care costs met by the NHS

  • Rules apply to both nursing home residents and those who receive home help 

  • Experts say the NHS rarely tells families because it costs the authorities a lot

  • Families who apply are being hit by unfair rejections and lengthy delays

Damning report from the Daily Mail on the state of NHS Continuing Healthcare and the “Secret fund” that people are not told about.