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CHRONIC SICK AND DISABLED ACT 1970

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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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