§ Mr. Andrew George
To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many cases financial responsibility for existing patients(a) in nursing homes and (b) being supported in their own homes, has been assumed by the National Health Service since the appeal decision in R. v. North and East Devon health authority ex parte Coughlan; and if he will make a statement. 368W
§ Mr. Hutton
Information is not available in the format requested. Information on numbers of people newly meeting eligibility criteria for continuing National Health Service in-patient care is collected on a quarterly basis. From 1 July 1999 to 31 March 2000, 17,639 people newly met eligibility criteria for continuing in-patient care funded by the NHS. This figure includes an element of forecast data.