Mike Gapes MP is calling for a complete overhaul of NHS continuing care after a new report showed the system was shrouded in mystery and disarray.
NHS continuing care is a funding package to provide free health care for people with severe health needs. Mike Gapes MP attended the launch of a shocking report after the first ever Inquiry into NHS continuing care, conducted by Parkinson’s UK and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Parkinson’s, uncovered huge failings in the system.
After meeting people living with Parkinson’s at the launch of the ‘Failing to Care’ report in the House of Lords on Wednesday November 27, Mike Gapes MP vowed to support calls for the Government to simplify NHS continuing care so it supports those who need it most.
Mike said: “It’s unacceptable that so many people are being left with no choice but to pick up the cost of specialised care they can’t live without, when they are in the advanced stages of serious health conditions like Parkinson’s.
“The Government must take action now to make sure vulnerable people and their families are given the support they are entitled to, and stop the additional suffering they are being put through by the current NHS continuing care system.”
Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson’s UK said: “Putting people with Parkinson’s in a position where they may have to sell their own homes to pay for care is a tragic NHS failing.
“People are being put through hell by trying to access financial support they desperately need, in a system so complex even health professionals struggle to understand it.”
Information, advice and support is available through the Parkinson’s UK free confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303 or by visiting parkinsons.org.uk