Responding to the Government's Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare, Jean Gould, legal officer at Help the Aged, said today:
"This is a helpful step towards resolving the horrific unfairness and inconsistencies which have so far blighted the lives of many older people and their families trying to grapple their way through a complex funding system.
"However it does not go far enough to convince us that it will achieve the basic changes that are so badly needed. There is still no clarity about where social services responsibilities end and the NHS begins, leaving many potential gaps where no one picks up responsibility.
"The Department of Health has attempted to produce a coherent Framework, but the existing legal and funding frameworks are so fundamentally flawed - anything less than root and branch reform is inadequate.
"Unless the Government accepts the challenge of putting right a system of health and social care that is failing the growing older population and their families, it is simply fiddling while Rome burns."