If your loved one was in receipt of nursing care between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2012, and was never assessed for full NHS funding, ensure an assessment is undertaken before it is too late.
The Government has recently announced that applications for recovery of wrongly paid nursing care fees, relating to periods of care between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2012, will now be subject to specified cut off dates. Given that these fees often run to tens of thousands of pounds – it’s now or never!
Who is eligible for fully funded NHS care?
If you are in receipt of nursing care and you meet certain criteria, you will be eligible for your fees to be paid in full. The criteria assess whether your need for care is primarily a nursing need. All too often these eligibility assessments are not undertaken correctly, if at all, despite a National Framework providing clear guidance. As a result, thousands have been paying for the care which should have been covered by the NHS. Given that the average cost of care in the South West amounts to approximately £30,000 a year, the fees you have bee paying could be significant, and you may recover some or all of them back.
Why must I act now?
Deadlines have now been implemented by the Government, which means you have a certain date by which to request an assessment for an episode of care, otherwise your request will be automatically rejected and these fees will be lost.
If your loved one was in receipt of care between 1 April 2004 and 21 March 2011 you must request an assessment by 30 September 2012. If they received care between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012, you have until 31 March 2013.
What do I do now?
Don’t delay! Contact Wolferstans on 01752 292396 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a free no obligation discussion so you can establish the merits of your claim. Our dedicated Healthcare team are here to help, and will take away the burden of investigating your claim. Wolferstans offer a range of funding options, the most popular of which being a Contingency Fee Agreement, where we only get paid if we are successful in recovering wrongly paid fees.