After an unsuccessful three-year fight for recompense of health funding for her mother, Margaret was exhausted, ready to give up. Then she called us.

With free support and advice from Beacon CHC, Margaret fought against the unlawful practice of families having to pay top-ups for care – and received over £35,000. 

In January 2012 Margaret’s (not her real name) mother, who had Parkinson’s disease, fractured her hip and was admitted to hospital. In hospital she was assessed as eligible for NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) funding, and was discharged to a nursing home.

Margaret was told that the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that paid her mother’s CHC would not meet the full cost of the nursing home fees. The patient/family was told to ‘top up’ the payment for accommodation, at a cost of £75 per week. Read more