Which? Reports Continuing Healthcare Funding is a ‘postcode lottery’

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Care patients are being hit with large bills because of a postcode lottery for NHS funding, a consumer group says.

Which? said people can be “25 times more likely to get their costs covered depending on where they live”.

It found South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) paid social care costs for 8.78 patients per 50,000 people while Salford funded 220.38.

The Berkshire CCG said Reading has a very low elderly population – 12% against the national average of 17.7%.

The consumer group analysed NHS continuing health care funding data for October to December 2017.

It found vulnerable people in England with the most expensive medical needs were not treated in the same way regardless of where they live.

The NHS continuing healthcare funding is administered by local CCGs. It gives medics a national framework to assess patients, including older people with conditions such as dementia and motor neurone disease.

Read the full BBC article here

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