A spokesperson from West Leicestershire CCG said “We support the key principle of updating the Continuing Health Care - Settings of Care policy to ensure the ongoing quality and safety of services delivered to patients, as well as making the most effective use of our resources. Following a detailed discussion of the report at our Governing Board meeting today, we have agreed to defer the decision to approve a final policy until early 2018.
We will now undertake an ‘impact analysis’ of the amended policy for new Continuing Health Care packages. This means we will look at individuals who will be undergoing a 3 month or annual review of their care package, as well as those receiving new packages of CHC funding, and assess the impact that the proposed changes will have on them, as well as on their loved ones. This will take place between 1 September 2017 and 20 November 2017. The analysis will give us a better understanding of the impact of the changes to the policy, which will then be considered at our Governing Board, in order to ensure that any decision taken achieves a compassionate and humane solution for some of our most vulnerable patients.”