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Deadline looms for NHS continuing healthcare claims

People who should have received free NHS continuing healthcare, but have instead paid for care or nursing home fees, have until 30 September 2012 to request an assessment of eligibility with the relevant primary care trust (PCT), warns Adams & Remers LLP.

22 May 2012

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“This September deadline relates to cases between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2011 and claims may also be made by the executors on behalf of the deceased’s estate if they have since passed away,” says Simon Janaway, a solicitor at Adams & Remers.

“In many cases a claim could run into thousands of pounds so it is certainly worth investigating if a claim could exist. The rules around what allows a person to qualify for NHS continuing healthcare can be complex which is why many people and their families may be unaware that they should have received it,” he continues.

“For cases between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012, there is a second deadline of 31 March 2013 when the request for an assessment must be made. Anyone who thinks they may qualify shouldn’t be afraid to challenge a decision if they think it is incorrect because many decisions have been successfully overturned in the past,” explains Janaway.

For more on NHS continuing healthcare funding see http://www.privateclientadviser.co.uk/feature/vulnerable-clients/health-check

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