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Care costs...Deadline For Recovery

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The costs of care are often a cause of great worry for those in their later years. In many cases, residents are wrongly assessed to pay contributions when they ought to be receiving free care.

The NHS is responsible for the fees where the primary reason a person is in care is because of his/her physical or mental health. The guidelines in assessment for NHS Continuing Care are set nationally by the Dept of Health and are interpreted and applied by the local Primary Care Trusts. Too often, the health need is not recognised as the primary reason for needing care especially in cases of mental health including degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s or victims of stroke.

Those who have been wrongly charged fees can make claims for repayment but should be aware of the looming deadlines set out in a letter from Sir David Nicholson, the NHS Chief Executive, to NHS colleagues.:

Claims for recovery of costs incurred between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2011 must be made by 30th September 2012.

For care costs incurred between 1st April 2011 and 31st March 2012, the deadline will be 31st March 2013.

If you, or someone you care for, may have a claim, ask us for a free initial meeting. But act quickly or the opportunity may be lost: claims must be registered with PCTs before these deadlines.

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