The Scottish Government has confirmed that a review will look into how a very intensive type of care is offered to patients across Scotland.
The latest figures show a reduction in the number of people receiving continuing care, from 2006 in March 2012 to 1711 in March 2013.
NHS Continuing Health Care is provided to people who need specialist 24-hour-a-day intensive care from a medical professional. It is a package of continuing health care provided and solely funded by the NHS. NHS Continuing Health Care may be for prolonged periods but not necessary for life and entitlement should be subject to regular review.
Eligibility is dependent on the complexity, nature or intensity of the patient’s health needs, or the need for frequent not easily predictable clinical interventions that require the supervision of specialist NHS staff. Eligibility is solely a matter for clinical decision.
According to the Scottish Government, it is likely that the majority of people in care homes would not be eligible. However, nursing care is provided free of charge for everyone.
Mr Ian Anderson CBE, recent Past President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, will lead the independent review which will:
- assess whether the guidance is being followed, and that a consistent approach is being taken across Scotland;
- assess whether improvements are needed to raise awareness of NHS Continuing Health Care amongst professionals and general public; and
- consider whether an independent appeals process is required.
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