Thursday, October 21, 2004

Continuing Care

After all the uncertainty of yesterday and where I had to be at six o'clock it was a relief to be able to come back to Hampshire for a meeting at the Strategic Health Authority and fulfil a commitment to a constituent.
I will not go into great detail on the problems of obtaining continuing care funding here but suffice to say that a number of constituents have been dismayed at the results of assessments of loved ones which mean that people who have dementia and considerable health problems are forced to find some of the funding for their care. The system is unfair and there is a great lack of transparency about how decisions are made.
The upshot of the meeting is that my constituent now (at last) has a clear timetable for action and I have been asked to go along to discuss more general aspects of the problem with the health authority as they are in the process of redesigning and reviewing the system. Hopefully I will be able to provide some useful input.