95-year-old war hero told to sell his house to pay for his medical care as 'he's survived too long’
A Royal Air Force (RAF) veteran and his partner are heartbroken and disappointed after they were told to sell their home to pay for his medical care because "he has survived too long."
95-year-old Bob Frost who lives in Kent hurt himself after a fall and was admitted to The Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital in March.
Frost, a rear gunner who evaded capture by the Nazis in 1942, was then moved to Ami Court nursing home in Dover. He was also put on an NHS funded "end of life care" package which costs up to £5,000 per month.
Throughout, his partner, Mildred Schutz, 94, was by his side. Now, the NHS is planning to withdraw funding for Frost’s care. He told Daily Mail:
"The NHS said I'd survived too long and they were stopping my funding. I don't have a massive retirement plan. All my life I tried to buy a house so I'd have something to pass on to my children. But now they're taking it away."
Mildred, who laid a wreath for the Special Forces club on Remembrance Sunday at Westminster Abbey has said Frost deserves to be treated with dignity. She revealed that the nonagenarian had saved at least £25,000, but the money was stolen.
Frost was the rear gunner in a Wellington bomber shot down in September 1942. His jet was flying to raid the German town, Essen. It was through Special Forces circles that he met Mildred, who has worked as a spy, 20 years ago.
RAF hero, 95, who was shot down and trekked 1,200 miles back to his squadron and his 94-year-old ex-spy partner - who operated behind enemy lines - must sell home to pay for care because 'he's survived too long'... https://t.co/EXswMhX0UW— Guy Walters (@guywalters) November 10, 2018
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A Kent County Council spokesman disclosed that:
"Mr Frost has not yet been assessed by KCC and is at present receiving continuing healthcare funding from the NHS.
We appreciate that paying for residential care in a care home is extremely expensive but KCC is bound by government legislation on funding arrangements.
KCC has to carry out a financial assessment to see whether people are eligible for funding support and this looks at income and savings - including the value of property.”
Another 95-year-old who had quite the nasty experience is Artur Querido. The senior man takes a walk to a nearby park every day, but when the police came calling, he was shocked.
It turned out parents of the students attending a school close to the park, called the cops to level allegations against him.
How did this happen? Read more on Artur and the humiliating experience here.
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