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Pensioners pressing Parliament to bring in free personal care

The National Pensioners Convention is writing to Health Secretary Alan Milburn asking for a meeting on free personal care in England.

An NPC rally last week in Westminster saw thousands of pensioners put their case. NPC president Rodney Bickerstaffe was joined by speakers including Barbara Castle, independent MP Dr Richard Taylor and agony aunt Claire Rayner in defending free healthcare and attacking the differences in LTC provision between England and Scotland.

NPC spokesman Neil Duncan-Jordan says: “We will keep up the pressure until the recommendations of the royal commission for free personal and nursing care are implemented in full. The fact that Scotland and Wales have already indicated they will implement this now puts the spotlight clearly on Westminster. Regulating LTC is a step in the right direction but it is costly and our research shows the returns are not sufficient to pay the bills.”

Norwich Union retirement and protection strategy manager Sandy Johnstone says: “It would be surprising if the Government, after its time and effort on this, were to change its mind. It is generally recognised that a combination of public and private funding is the way forward.”

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