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Apology after woman's care cash stops.

HEALTH bosses in Cardiff have been forced to apologise after withdrawing NHS care funding for a woman with learning disabilities.

The woman had been placed in a special care home after leaving hospital with an agreement fees would be shared equally between Cardiff council and Cardiff Local Health Board (LHB).

But a decision by Cardiff LHB to withdraw its share of the funding after four years, without an agreement with Cardiff council, has resulted in criticism by the Ombudsman for Wales, who today delivered a verdict of maladministration against the health body.

Investigations by the ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, concluded that the dispute caused distress to the woman's family and left the owner of the care home nearly pounds 14,000 out of pocket, as the owner picked up a bill that should have been paid by Cardiff LHB..

A spokeswoman for Cardiff LHB said: "We fully accepted the investigation carried out by the ombudsman and have instigated changes to its procedures to ensure that a similar situation will not reoccur.

"It is hoped that the LHB and local authority have entered a new relationship as a consequence of the experience and will ensure that such a situation will not arise again."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 9, 2009
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