‘His pension gone, council sent carer to a drug dealer then billed 5k’ | UK | news
Peter Ireland, 78, a retired Detective Inspector with the Metropolitan Police, fought a long battle to have his NHS continue healthcare.
Despite being paralyzed from the chest down and only able to do little for himself, Mr Ireland rejected two applications for CHC.
In the end he won by appealing directly to NHS England and in November 2021, the West Sussex ICB was ordered to make an application.
However, it took most of 2022 to receive any money from them.
Mr Ireland, a father of two, retired from the Met in 1995 after 34 years’ service.
In 2017 when he was in the hospital with a heart problem, he suffered a life-changing spinal bleed and a hemorrhage in my brain, which left him paralyzed.
She has since fought for her right to free NHS care, a fight supported by multiple medical reports from her doctors, which state that her condition is so severe that it meets all the necessary eligibility criteria .
“The last few years have put a huge strain on me and my family,” he said. “Can you believe it, even though I am paralyzed and cannot move my legs, the local CHC assessors said I can.
“If it wasn’t such a tense situation, it would be laughable. I wish I could move my legs, get up and walk.
“I had to use up all my pension paying £1,500 a month to a live-in carer in Thailand to look after me. Very little was left. On top of that I paid for all the extra food and utility bills.
“My local council won’t help unless I go into a care home which will be exorbitantly expensive every week and they will expect me to sell my house to pay for it.
“When I came out of the hospital, they sent a caretaker to me, but he was a drug dealer. Accused and assaulted. He then sent me a bill for £5,000, which I refused to pay.