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Tuesday, 8 August, 2000, 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK
Long-term care: A special report
Pamela Coughlan's long judicial battle to force the NHS to pay for her long-term care will have major implications for the future of the health service. News Online's Mandy Garner reports.

Ruling puts patients in line for costs
A Court of Appeal ruling means that some people will have to pay for nursing home care, but many others may still get care free of charge.


Coughlan case highlights confusion
Care groups are divided about the implications of the Court of Appeal ruling in the Pamela Coughlan.



The pressure of an ageing population
Britain's population is ageing fast, and the demand for long-term care will increase sharply as more people live to a great age.



The complex world of long-term care
Long-term care is provided in a variety of settings by a range of different organisations, but most people have no idea how the system works.


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