UK legislation that provides for the identiﬁcation and care of individuals who have an incurable chronic or degenerative disorder. The patients are usually distinguished from elderly people with chronic disorders. Local authorities identify relevant individuals and arrange for appropriate services. The legislation does not, however, compel doctors and nurses in the community to inform local authorities of potential beneﬁciaries. This may be because the individuals concerned dislike being on a register of disabled, or because questions of conﬁdentiality prevent health staﬀ from reporting the person’s condition.
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