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Pressure on for LTC and gene tests

The Government has been criticised by both major opposition parties again

last week for not making its position clear on long-term care funding and

the use of genetic test results by insurance companies.

In a debate in Westminster Hall, LibDem spokesman for older people Paul

Burstow said people suffering from dementia are at risk because of the way

the Government&#39s funding plans are designed.

Burstow said people in residential homes face higher costs than in people

in nursing homes although the levels of care required are similar.

LibDem health spokesman Dr Evan Harris questioned the logic behind

differences in funding for patients suffering from similar conditions just

because of the “nature and qualifications of the person providing the care”.

Conservative MP Caroline Spelman pushed the Government to implement its

provisions for nursing care without further delay.

Both parties also called for the Government to implement a moratorium on

the use of genetic test results by insurance companies as recommended by

both the parliamentary science and tech- nology committee and the

Government&#39s own human genetics commission.

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