Medical opinions have been ignored in the assessment of NHS payments to patients receiving care, it is claimed.
Three health workers said an assessor organisation discounted medical views so some patients were denied NHS care.
Norman Lamb MP said England-wide data obtained by the BBC showed a "regional disparity" and was "an injustice".
However the assessor organisation, Arden and Greater East Midlands CSU, says it follows national guidelines to decide on payments.
Under national criteria, the NHS pays for long-term support and care if a patient's condition is severe enough.
It seems the NHS assessors are following the same devious procedures to disqualify residents from NHS funding for care home fees as the DWP do with welfare claimants and ignoring medical advice. When one relative was in a home and funding was applied for, her daughter went to the care home and was told by the assessor 'I've already done the assessment and signed the form. She doesn't qualify for NHS care.' Being unaware of the system they didn't get the funding and had to pay for the care by other means.
A few years later when her father was admitted to a care home, the NHS assessor told her that he'd done the assessment, interviewed the staff which included two qualified nurses and her father didn't qualify for NHS funding. However she said she had all the details of how the assessments worked, what the qualifications for NHS funding were, and in her opinion he qualified so she would be appealing the decision. He said he would be consulting care home GP. This was over a year ago and she still hasn't heard anything about her having to fund the care and assumes the NHS is paying it.
Another case showing how important it is to know your rights.