Disgust after Knuzden woman's care funding is refused

Lancashire Telegraph: Disgust after Knuzden woman's care funding is refused Disgust after Knuzden woman's care funding is refused

THE family of a woman paralysed from the neck down are appealing against a decision by health bosses to refuse funding for her continuing care.

The children and husband of Jean Hannon, who was left paralysed following an operation last August, said they were 'appalled and disgusted' by a decision by NHS East Lancashire not to grant the family funding for her continued care.

And now a health scrutiny boss has vowed to highlight the family's plight.

Jean's husband Terry, 72, who is registered disabled and relies on a mobility scooter and stairlift, said he is left to care for his wife and do the cooking, cleaning, washing and ironing despite his own health issues.

The couple, of Knuzden Brook, Knuzden, had to get rid of their furniture to make way for a medical bed, hoist and wheel-chair in their living room.

Son Terry, 52, of Kingsley Close, Blackburn, said: "My mum was discharged from the Royal Blackburn Hospital a week ago after eight months in hospital. We had a meeting prior to that with the PCT and they told us she wasn't eligible for funding towards her care.

“My mum can't move a muscle and the only help she and my dad are getting are carers coming in to turn her over every four hours and change her dressing every day.

“They say she doesn't qualify for funding because she doesn't need medical care.

“My dad loves my mum to bits. They've been married 52 years and she's his life. To see her like this is heart breaking for him.”

Daughter Tracey Ainsworth, 47, of Elm Tree Grove, Brockhall Village, described the situation as 'a joke'. She said: “They don't want her in hospital because she's bed blocking.

“My mum has no means of calling for help and my dad is terrified to leave her alone. She can't use a phone.”

Jean was admitted back into hospital on Easter Sunday due to deteriorating health.

Husband Terry said: “We told them she wasn't fit to come home but we felt like we had no choice.”

A spokesperson from NHS East Lancashire said: “We are unable to comment on individual cases.

“NHS East Lancashire follows the National Framework for Continuing Health Care as directed by the Department of Health. The framework includes a clear pathway to assess a patient’s eligibility for Conti-nuing Health Care funding.”

Labour Councillor Ronald O’Keefe, Chair of Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, which is currently responsible for evaluating NHS services, said he would contest the family's case with the head of social services.

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1:17pm Wed 11 Apr 12

commonsenseplease says...

What a shame,
It says she was paralysed after an operation. So am I right in thinking she has been left like this due to the NHS and now they won't provide any care? Utter disgrace if so. All the best to the entire family in hopefully having a successful appeal. Keep strong
What a shame, It says she was paralysed after an operation. So am I right in thinking she has been left like this due to the NHS and now they won't provide any care? Utter disgrace if so. All the best to the entire family in hopefully having a successful appeal. Keep strong commonsenseplease

1:59pm Wed 11 Apr 12

A Darener says...

"She doesn't need medical care?"
Nobody is obliged to look after her. All her family can stop at any time their caring for her. Therefore she would die of neglect, a medical condition. Starvation etc. So the authorities have a duty of care towards Mrs Hannon and should provide immediate care to her.
As a carer myself I know that if I put my daughter to bed tonight then left her alone she would die as she cannot do anything for herself. But the authorities rely on carers, who put their families needs before their own, to releeve them of their responsibilities. If all the carers in the country suddenly said we are not doing it anymore and they have every right not to do it, the country would be bankrupt or there would be a lot of dead disabled people.
"She doesn't need medical care?" Nobody is obliged to look after her. All her family can stop at any time their caring for her. Therefore she would die of neglect, a medical condition. Starvation etc. So the authorities have a duty of care towards Mrs Hannon and should provide immediate care to her. As a carer myself I know that if I put my daughter to bed tonight then left her alone she would die as she cannot do anything for herself. But the authorities rely on carers, who put their families needs before their own, to releeve them of their responsibilities. If all the carers in the country suddenly said we are not doing it anymore and they have every right not to do it, the country would be bankrupt or there would be a lot of dead disabled people. A Darener

3:00pm Wed 11 Apr 12

jemma1511 says...

I wish i had something better to say but the truth is, it just makes me furious... My question would be to the people making decisions, if it was your mother, daughter, son, husband, wife.... would you then consider them to not need any medical care....??? pathetic.. My grandad has to watch his wife suffering in pain, not even able to scratch her own nose, do these people really have to make it worse with a battle to have your loved ones looked after for whatever time they have left.
I wish i had something better to say but the truth is, it just makes me furious... My question would be to the people making decisions, if it was your mother, daughter, son, husband, wife.... would you then consider them to not need any medical care....??? pathetic.. My grandad has to watch his wife suffering in pain, not even able to scratch her own nose, do these people really have to make it worse with a battle to have your loved ones looked after for whatever time they have left. jemma1511

8:32pm Wed 11 Apr 12

Homewise says...

commonsenseplease wrote:
What a shame, It says she was paralysed after an operation. So am I right in thinking she has been left like this due to the NHS and now they won't provide any care? Utter disgrace if so. All the best to the entire family in hopefully having a successful appeal. Keep strong
The operation was succesful but the day after Dad and I found Mum left alone on the ward slumped in a chair with her eyes bulging and struggling to breathe. She then had to go to critical care and has been left tetraplegic. The after care is an absolute disgrace from start to finish. Some lovely nurses but not enough of them. They are so overworked.
NHS is now a national disgrace.
[quote][p][bold]commonsenseplease[/bold] wrote: What a shame, It says she was paralysed after an operation. So am I right in thinking she has been left like this due to the NHS and now they won't provide any care? Utter disgrace if so. All the best to the entire family in hopefully having a successful appeal. Keep strong[/p][/quote]The operation was succesful but the day after Dad and I found Mum left alone on the ward slumped in a chair with her eyes bulging and struggling to breathe. She then had to go to critical care and has been left tetraplegic. The after care is an absolute disgrace from start to finish. Some lovely nurses but not enough of them. They are so overworked. NHS is now a national disgrace. Homewise

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