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COMMISSION TO PROPOSE FREE NURSING CARE FOR ELDERLY IN RESIDENTIAL HOMES

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The Royal Commission on Long-Term Care is to propose free nursing care for elderly people in nursing and residentia...
The Royal Commission on Long-Term Care is to propose free nursing care for elderly people in nursing and residential homes, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

In an exclusive preview of the commission's report, due out next month, the programme said the commission would propose a£1bn package of changes, to be funded out of general taxation. The report will propose that nursing care for elderly people should be free for everyone, while living costs in homes should be means-tested, the programme said.

But Chris Davies, president of the Association of Directors of Social Services, told Today the proposals were expensive and failed to make a distinction between personal care and nursing care.
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