Continuing Care

Health written question – answered on 1st March 2005.

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Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns Shadow Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how much has been paid to date by his Department to individuals or their families where it has been found that they were inappropriately charged for NHS continuing care since 1996;

(2) pursuant to the answer of 24 January to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford to question reference 210193, if he will list by each strategic health authority (SHA) the number of complaints each SHA has investigated on allegations of individuals being inappropriately denied funding for continuing care at (a) December 2003, (b) March 2004 and (c) July 2004; and if he will list in each case (i) the number and percentage of completed investigations and (ii) the number of cases eligible for payment as of July 2004.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

holding answer 1 February 2005

The exact amount of restitution paid to date is not known centrally. However, we estimate the figure to reach £180 million by the end of the process.

With regard to the number of complaints investigated, I refer the hon. Member to the statement Imade to the House on 16 September 2004, Hansard, column 175WS. That statement provides the latest available statistics, including the most up to date information on the numbers of cases eligible for payment. Further to this information, the table shows details of the number of requests for retrospective funding investigations received between 31 March and 31 July 2004 and the total number of retrospective cases completed by the 31 July 2004.

Strategic health authority name

Number of requests for retrospective funding investigations between 31 March and 31 July Total number of retrospective funding investigations completed by 31 July
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire 110 608
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire 30 132
Essex 20 209
North West London 17 209
North Central London 46 101
North East London 23 169
South East London 36 246
South West London 25 182
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear 35 202
County Durham and Tees Valley 23 223
North and East Yorkshire and North Lincs 46 302
West Yorkshire 42 177
Cumbria and Lancashire 75 419
Greater Manchester 66 285
Cheshire and Merseyside 103 651
Thames Valley 39 195
Hampshire and Isle of Wight 74 544
Kent and Medway 65 280
Surrey and Sussex 137 555
Avon, Gloucestershire And Wiltshire 109 857
South West Peninsula 49 533
Dorset And Somerset 76 429
South Yorkshire 26 197
Trent 81 395
Leics, Northants and Rutland 31 245
Shropshire and Staffordshire 37 432
Birmingham and The Black Country 37 278
West Midlands South 41 275

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