A NORTHWICH man’s fight for NHS funding was debated on national television this week.
Some 2,500 supporters, including The Chronicle , have signed Stephen Johnson’s e-petition to recover money owed to him and thousands of ill patients nationwide.
His brother Rod, 54, has spent more than £40,000 on care at Redwalls Nursing Home, Sandiway, since suffering a stroke in 2005.
Rod’s story appeared on BBC One’s The Politics Show as Stephen and his team continue fighting for justice for his brother and thousands of other victims.
Stephen says Rod, who is paralysed and suffers from a range of mental illnesses, is entitled to “continuing care” funding. But the NHS refuses to foot the bill as it deems his needs social, not medical.
After the show Stephen, of Strawberry Lane, Acton Bridge, said: “We’re pleased with how it went – I just wish it could have gone on longer.”
Blackpool MP Joan Humble, chairman of the all-party group on social care, appeared for the NHS, and campaign specialist Bleddyn Hancock appeared via live video link to back the Johnsons’ cause.
This week Mr Hancock, once behind a miners’ £4.5 billion injury compensation payout, told the Chronicle: “Mr Johnson’s treatment by the local health authority has been appalling. Their indifference and their incompetence is unacceptable.
“Sadly many others in this area have been treated the same way and they should all seek to recover the vast sums of money owed to them.”