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£180m paid to long term care patients after NHS gaffe

The department of health has paid over £180m in compensation to long term care patients who were wrongly charged in an NHS gaffe.

Around 2000 people forced to pay for nursing care between 1996 and 2004 received payments averaging £90,000. According to a 1999 court ruling the NHS should have provided the care for free because the patients’ needs were health related rather than social-care related.

Another 10,000 claims have been rejected and 1,300 are still being investigated.

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