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's 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's own human genetics commission.