People living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland whose care in their own home is funded by the NHS because of their complex healthcare needs will be faced with the prospect of accepting a drastic reduction to their care funding if a planned proposal is not opposed and rejected. Details are here.
The local NHS are amending their 'Settings of Care' policy which will mean anyone they currently support with care in their own home will have their care package reviewed and reduced. The NHS is proposing to drastically cut the amount of money spent on providing Continuing Healthcare (CHC) in Leicestershire and Rutland. Highly vulnerable people living in the community with complex healthcare needs, such as people paralysed by a spinal cord injury (SCI), will be affected by the NHS policy, which includes:
SIA believes that this is a fundamentally unfair and cruel policy targeting some of the most vulnerable members of society. It undermines disabled people's fundamental rights to dignity, a family life and to not be incarcerated in an institution against their will. What's more, we believe that if the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are allowed to get away with introducing such a regressive policy other local NHS bodies may see it as an 'easy win' to save money and try to introduce similar policies across the country.
We need to stop this policy from being implemented and this is why we ask for your help. We need everyone concerned about the dignity and safety of disabled people living in Leicestershire and Rutland to contact SIA urgently and join our campaign to stop this regressive and coercive policy from being introduced.
Join the SIA’s campaign by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and they will get back to you immediately.
Please visit www.spinal.co.uk or contact Sophie Davis on 01908 604191.