The health ombudsman has revealed the Continuing Healthcare scheme has a backlog of more than 40,000 individual cases waiting to be answered. This backlog could cost the NHS millions of pounds this year alone, with the latest figure estimated to be around £250 million.
NHS England confirmed that £250 million was now available to cover this financial year, running from 2014 into 2015. So far £30 million had been spent on claims attached to the scheme. Continuing Healthcare is a scheme that provides funds to cover the care of people who have involved health needs but do not need to be treated in a hospital.
A spokeswoman for the Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman, Julie Mellor, said there seemed to be no timescale applied to applications made to the scheme. This meant some people had been left waiting for more than two years, and yet there was still no idea of how much longer an evaluation and decision would take to be reached. Clearly there is a lot of stress and uncertainty surrounding each individual case, and the longer a decision takes to be reached the more this is compounded.
How stressful can outstanding NHS care claims be?
In some cases they can lead to lots of stress for those waiting on the decision for a claim to be made. In one example a man was still waiting after two-and-a-half years to see if the Continuing Healthcare claim he lodged in retrospect would be granted.
This individual was concerned about whether the money for care would run out before a decision was made. As you can see, when a case drags on for ages it can have serious effects on those who are waiting to find out the situation.
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There are many situations in which people are entitled to seek no-obligation advice to determine if a no win, no fee compensation claim might be a possibility in their case. Accident Advice Helpline deals with far more situations than just accidents.
That’s why we would encourage you to call us if you believe there might be a case that should be answered. Our 24/7 enquiry line is always free to call, so call now and speak to a friendly adviser. It may turn out to be a potentially rewarding conversation to have with us.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: November 30, 2014
Author: David Brown