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Elderly woman wins nursing costs

24th October 2006

An 85-year-old woman has won a legal battle over nursing care.

The family of Morfydd Jones, from Ystalyfera in the Swansea Valley, was awarded £42,000 after a union took up her battle.

Nacods, the mining union, has campaigned long and hard for retired mine workers and their families to receive free nursing home care.

Mrs Jones, who suffers from Alzheimer's, has been paying her own fees to a nursing home in Ystradgynlais for 24-hour care, despite the fact that she should have received her care free on the NHS as her late husband was a colliery overman.

Bleddyn Hancock, general secretary of Nacods in south Wales, said: "It is shameful that it has taken nearly two full years to resolve this issue.

"I am delighted that yet again we have been successful in one of these cases and obtained a full refund of the money.

A hearing at Powys Local Health Board decided that Mrs Jones should not have had to pay her own fees and refunded the money she has been paying since April 2002.