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National Health Service v Local Authority: Eligibility Criteria

Tish Hanifan examines the eligibility criteria used by the NHS and Local Authorities

1 March 1997

National Health Service v Local Authority
Eligibility Criteria

Tish Hanifan examines the eligibility criteria used by the NHS and Local Authorities

The expectation of many clients as to who will fund their Long Term Care, if needed, is that `the State will provide'. The growing realisation that for many people any funding will have to be self-generating is seen as an abrogation of their `right' to free care `from the cradle to the grave'.

The use of the term `the State' only muddies the waters when trying to understand Community Care; the responsibility for funding is now split between the Social Services and the National Health Service. To assume that health care is funded by the National Health Service and that social care is funded by Social Services is far too simplistic. Even determining what is health care and what is social care is not straightforward. The care given to patients in hospital, for example, goes way beyond what co...

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