The Scottish Government has promised to make sure that people who have been paying for care that should have been funded by the NHS will get their money back.
At the moment, people who require complex nursing care are entitled to have this care paid for by the NHS, regardless of whether this care is provided at home or in a nursing home. Where this nursing care is provided in a care or nursing home, the NHS is also meant to fund the accommodation costs involved.
However, an investigation by BBC Scotland has found that in the last four years there has been a drop of 26% in the number of people who have been deemed to be entitled to continuing healthcare in Scotland. This is despite a rise in the age of the population – and an increase in continuing healthcare packages in England.
Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme, Health Secretary Alex Neil urged people who feel that they are or should have been entitled to have their care home costs paid to get in touch.
“The last thing I want to do as the health secretary is see people who are so seriously ill being denied the payment or the care they are entitled to. Where there is evidence, we will tackle that situation,” he said.
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