The NHS has been forced to pay out more than £180 million to elderly people who were wrongfully charged for their care.
Yesterday, the Department of Health confirmed that thousands of pensioners who fell victim to the 'postcode lottery' will be reimbursed for the money they spent on private care.
The compensation follows a decision by the government to allow people charged for "continuing care" between 1996 and 2004 to have their cases reviewed.
Many people were incorrectly deemed as having no medical needs and thus had to pay for any help they had regarding their personal care.
More than two thirds of the applicants had sold their homes to pay for care.
Mervyn Kohler, of Help the Aged, said: "The whole issue of continuing care has been a terrible mess. So it is pleasing to see that people are getting money back for this.
"But it doesn't hide the fact that there are still many inconsistencies in practices."
In a statement on the charity's website he added the government must bring about "radical change" to transform the social care system into one that is "personalised" and "accessible".
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