Reading people are least likely to get continuing health care (CHC) paid for them to meet serious, ongoing needs compared with other areas of England, according to a report by the consumer publisher Which?
The news confirms an ongoing issue with local CHC eligibility, which was last discussed at a Reading Borough Council committee in summer 2017. CHC is paid by the NHS for costs such as care home fees or care in people’s homes, for people who have long-term health needs. However there is no set list of qualifying health conditions; instead CHC eligibility is decided via checklists, various professionals’ opinions, and the views of the person and their family.
In an analysis of 2017-18 figures, published on 20 April 2018, Which? said South Reading was the lowest CHC funder of only 8.78 people per 50,000 of population, while Salford funded 25 times as many at 220.38 per 50,000 population. North Reading was second worst, at 18.45 people per 50,000 population.
Healthwatch Reading has an online guide for Reading people, Help with continuing health care (CHC), which answers common questions, or you can telephone our team on 0118 937 2295.