Family criticises delays in elderly health costs appeal
A woman in a legal fight to recoup more than £250,000 in health care costs for her late elderly aunt, has described the process as “shabby”.
Joan Wickens died aged 98 in a nursing home in Fordingbridge, Hampshire in 2012.
Her niece Elizabeth Goodchild is one of hundreds waiting to recover care fees from the NHS, three years after a deadline for such claims passed.
An NHS statement said it hoped to have decisions made by June.
Miss Wickens went into a nursing home in Fordingbridge in 2006, but her health declined and she was moved to a high-dependency care bed in 2010.
Her family submitted a claim to West Hampshire Care Commissioning Group (CCG) in 2013 to say her care should have been paid by the NHS, but are still waiting for its approval.