Health Committee

24 January 2005
Session 2004-05 NEW INQUIRY€” NHS CONTINUING CARE
TERMS OF REFERENCE [REVISED]


24 January 2005
Session 2004-05 NEW INQUIRY€” NHS CONTINUING CARE
TERMS OF REFERENCE [REVISED]

The Health Committee will undertake an inquiry into NHS continuing care. The inquiry will have the following terms of reference: to consider whether the announcement of the development of a national framework for NHS continuing care will resolve the long-standing problems of inconsistency and inequity, and make the Government's policy more intelligible and fairer.

The Committee will examine:

  • The written Ministerial Statement on NHS continuing care issued by Dr Stephen Ladyman on 9 December 2004.

  • How the changes will build on the work already undertaken by Strategic Health Authorities in reviewing criteria for NHS continuing care and developing policies.

  • Whether the review of past funding decisions has succeeded in addressing the needs of patients wrongly denied NHS funding for their long term care.

  • What further developments are required to support the implementation of a national framework.

Organisations and individuals wishing to submit a short memorandum are invited to do so no later than Monday 28 February 2005. Late memoranda will only be accepted at the Committee's discretion, and may not be considered for publication. Evidence sessions are likely to commence in March 2005 and a later press notice will give details of these.

The Committee requests that evidence should be concise and in the form of a self-contained memorandum, prepared according to the guidelines set out by the terms of reference given above and preferably submitted electronically to the Health Committee .

Please note that the Health Committee is unable to investigate individual cases.