Clegg challenged over disabled woman’s benefit cut

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg visits residents in the Fulwood Lodge Nursing Home in Sheffield, Yorkshire, as the Liberal Democrats announced that patients will benefit from a �2.5bn "Care Closer to Home" fund under a Liberal Democrat government. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 3, 2015. The Liberal Democrats would establish a �500m per year "Care Closer to Home" fund to safeguard the NHS by investing in care in people's own homes, GP surgeries, care homes and community clinics. This will help people to stay healthier for longer and avoid hospital admissions.  See PA story Election LibDems. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg visits residents in the Fulwood Lodge Nursing Home in Sheffield, Yorkshire, as the Liberal Democrats announced that patients will benefit from a �2.5bn "Care Closer to Home" fund under a Liberal Democrat government. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 3, 2015. The Liberal Democrats would establish a �500m per year "Care Closer to Home" fund to safeguard the NHS by investing in care in people's own homes, GP surgeries, care homes and community clinics. This will help people to stay healthier for longer and avoid hospital admissions. See PA story Election LibDems. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has pledged to take up the case of a disabled Sheffield resident who lost her disability living allowance due to coalition cuts.

Mr Clegg was challenged about the matter by the patient’s mother during a campaign visit to Fulwood Lodge care home.

Mr Clegg was visiting the home in his Hallam constituency to announce Liberal Democrat plans for a new fund to keep people out of hospitals through improved GP access, a wider range of services in doctors’ surgeries and better healthcare in nursing homes.

The aim is to keep patients out of hospitals, in particular overstretched A&E departments.

He said under the policy patients could also be prescribed social activities including fishing or cookery classes to boost their wellbeing.

The aim of the £500 million plan is stop people unnecessarily ‘languishing’ in hospital beds.

Mr Clegg said: “The simple idea is we need to keep people healthier in residential homes like this, we need to keep people healthier in their own homes and in their communities rather than people being put into hospital and languishing in hospital beds for too long.

“That’s what the Care Closer to Home Fund will be all about.

“It’s a £2.5 billion fund that we would establish in the next parliament and it would allow doctors to come to homes like this to make sure that if someone with dementia needs something for a chest infection they don’t have to go to hospital, they could be treated here.