'Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s sufferers are being stripped of vital care funding and turfed out of their nursing homes by cash-strapped local health authorities.
Some of those affected cannot walk, talk and are incontinent.
A Money Mail investigation found about 21,000 people who suffer from severe conditions are being put through gruelling ‘reassessments’ of their care needs every year.
If they fail to prove they are still ill enough to qualify for financial help, their funding is removed — even if they have received the money for years and their condition has deteriorated.
Figures from Freedom of Information requests to local health authorities indicate a 272 pc rise in the number of people being stripped of funding.
In the worst cases, elderly people face draining their bank accounts to pay for the care they need. Those who can’t are being moved to cheaper nursing homes.
The controversy centres around something called NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) funding.
This payment, typically of around £1,000 a week, is awarded to people with complex, severe or unpredictable health needs to pay for their care.
The rules around who qualifies are vague and just one in three who applies receives the payouts.
If funding is granted, the care recipient is usually reassessed annually.'
Read more: The dementia sufferers stripped of funding ... and turfed out of care homes: Money Mail reveals new scandal as sufferers of degenerative diseases are told they no longer qualify for vital NHS funding
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