A man has been awarded £27,000 after his local primary care trust (PCT) wrongly assessed his father's long term care (LTC) needs.
Brent PCT said stroke victim Reuben Binder did not qualify for care paid for by the health authorities in February 2009. Instead, his son Simon was charged for his 24 hour nursing.
However, Simon Binder, acting on the advice of specialist firm Paladin Advocates, arranged for his father to be reassessed by an alternative PCT in Barnet.
In October 2009, Barnet PCT said the elder Binder did qualify for funding, despite there having been no change in his condition. He died a month later.
Paladin advised Simon Binder to appeal to Brent PCT for a reimbursement of the care costs he had paid, and after three appeals and a review by the Strategic Health Authority the PCT was ordered to repay Binder £27,000.
Director of Paladin Anne Reed said: "It was an absolute definite from the outset and yet the PCT made the incorrect decision on three occasions."
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