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Disabled woman in care dispute.

A SEVERELY disabled woman, who is paralysed from the neck down, claims she may be forced to live in a residential home if she does not accept a new package of home care drawn up by local health officials.

Alicia Leston-Rama, 24, who was injured in a car accident when she was two, has now taken to the streets to protest against the package. Miss Leston- Rama has received home care since she left hospital at the age of five, looked after round the clock by a nurse and health care assistant.

But Cardiff Local Health Board, which pays for and arranges her care, says there have been concerns over the care package she has been receiving at her home in Canton, Cardiff.

Miss Leston-Rama said: "I've been told if I don't accept the new care package by April 15, the local health board will put me in a home. What I'm worried about is the new care workers are not medically qualified."

A spokeswoman for Cardiff LHB said: "We are disappointed Alicia and her family feel they are being pressurised to accept changes to her health care package, rather than being able to recognise the increasing problems that have occurred in the last 12 months with maintaining her care at home."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 25, 2009
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