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NHS 'failing older people'

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The NHS is failing to pay for treatment for many older people with chronic health problems, according to research.
Figures obtained by Age Concern show fewer people are getting continuing care, despite government guidelines to make the entitlement system fairer.

‘Continuing NHS Healthcare’ guideline should have qualified an additional 5,500 people for treatment paid for by the health service.

But Age Concern's figures reveal a postcode lottery, where some Primary Care Trusts have made huge cutbacks in support while others have upped funding.

Age Concern reports that the cut backs at the least generous trusts have outstripped gains made by those at the best performing PCTs.

Gordon Lishman, director general of Age Concern, said: ‘Frail older people should not be denied the care they are entitled to because of where they happen to live. PCTs need to iron out these inconsistencies or face more claims for compensation.’
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