FINANCE: NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly has been found liable for almost £70,000 of Continuing Healthcare Funding for care of a patient dating back to 2006.

Phyllis Blatchford suffered with dementia and was admitted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth in 2006 following a stroke. She was unable to return home and was admitted to a nursing home.

In 2009 NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly found her eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare and met Mrs Blatchford’s ongoing care costs. However, Mrs Blatchford passed away before the PCT completed the retrospective review.

Following an initial review, the PCT agreed agreed that Mrs Blatchford was eligible for CHC funding from February 2008. This decision was appealed by the family to South West Strategic Health Authority. Following an Independent Review Panel, it was concluded that the late Mrs Blatchford’s estate should be reimbursed all the care fees paid, which amounted to almost £70,000, as the NHS should have paid for her entire period of care.