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SOMERSET CC ALLERGY CARE CASE ADJOURNED

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A high court judge has adjourned the judicial review challenge to Somerset CC's refusal to increase the number of h...
A high court judge has adjourned the judicial review challenge to Somerset CC's refusal to increase the number of home care hours received by a woman who is described as allergic to the 20th century.

The judge said: 'All the signs at the moment are that the council is seeking to address the complex, sad and urgent needs of this lady in an appropriate fashion,' the judge said.

The seriously ill woman is forced to live in the middle of a Somerset field because she suffers from multiple chemical sensitivity disorder and shows severe allergic symptoms when she comes into contact with most chemicals found in the everyday environment.

These include spells of unconsciousness, rashes, nausea, headaches and incoherence, which can be touched off by the slightest trace of chemicals on clothes, food, furniture or in the air.

Although seriously ill, her condition means that she cannot go into hospital for treatment.

A doctor had suggested that eight hours home care a day was required, but Somerset CC social services, who were responsible for making the provision, had offered only 40 hours home care a week.

The judge said that he was adjourning the case 'out of an abundance of caution', to enable Ms McCarthy to come back to court if it became necessary.

But that was not to be taken as criticism of the council, which was keeping the case under close scrutiny on a daily basis.

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