NHS: Civil Proceedings

Department of Health written question – answered on 9th March 2016.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many legacy continuing health care cases are more than two years old and have payments outstanding (a) in England, (b) in the West Midlands and (c) at Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health

At the end of March 2013, the National Health Service had received approximately 59,000 requests to assess previously unassessed periods of care for NHS Continuing Healthcare eligibility.

NHS England collects information on the number of these cases which are awaiting a decision on eligibility.

As at 31 January 2016:

(a) There were 15,716 requests to assess previously unassessed periods of care in England;

(b) there were 848 requests to assess previously unassessed periods of care in the West Midlands; and

(c) there were 260 requests to assess previously unassessed periods of care in Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group.

It is not possible to assess how many of these individuals may be entitled to redress payments until a full assessment of eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare is undertaken, in line with the principles and processes set out in the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care (November 2012) (revised).

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