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Streamlining System For NHS Continuing Care

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Thousands of people in England are likely to receive more help towards their care costs.

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The new National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare, published today, has been developed in close consultation with voluntary groups, professional bodies and patient/user groups and will make funding decisions on who is eligible for NHS continuing care fairer, faster and easier to understand.

It will create consistent access to fully funded care with clear national policies for deciding eligibility. It also abolishes different nursing bands for free nursing care - freeing up more time for nurses and cutting down on repeated patient assessments. The Framework will be put into action by the NHS and Local Authorities from October this year, and is expected to cost up to