Cheadle MP backs call for overhaul of NHS care funding

December 3, 2013 2:27 PM

Mark Hunter MP is calling for a simplification of NHS continuing care after a new report showed the system has created confusion.

NHS continuing care is a funding package to provide free health care for people with severe health needs. Mark Hunter MP attended the launch of a new report after the first ever Inquiry into NHS continuing care, conducted by Parkinson's UK and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Parkinson's, that uncovered failures 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, Mark Hunter MP supported calls for the Government to simplify NHS continuing care so it supports those who need it most.

Mark said:

"As the President of Stockport's Parkinson's Disease Society this is an issue that I take a close interest in. It's unacceptable that 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 ensure that vulnerable people and their families are given the support they are entitled to."

Information, advice and support is available through the Parkinson's UK free confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303 or by visiting parkinsons.org.uk

Mark Hunter MP Parkinsons Jane Asher

Mark Hunter MP meets with Parkinson's UK President, Jane Asher

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