One way to deal with the care home bills

Police are investigating whether an American man with dementia who can only remember his name could have been deliberately dumped in Britain by his own family in order to get free NHS care.
The elderly man can only recall his name as Roger Curry but has no other ID and has been unable to provide any information about himself or where he is from.
He has been cared for in a nursing home since being discovered outside the bus station in Hereford on November 7 last year where he was seen with two men.

Can’t help thinking it might be a rather drastic method though.

9 thoughts on “One way to deal with the care home bills”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Well it was nice of them to go to all the trouble to dump him in Britain. As opposed to on the door step of Cedars Sinai or the like.

    Socialism has been warring on the family for generations. Very successfully. Why would anyone be surprised? Go to a hospice. All too often they aren’t exactly full of relatives.

  2. Presumably they are aware that there are severe penalties for such elder abuse in the United States and thought that by dumping in the UK the chances of him being identified and their being charged would be lower.

    Given that he’s been here since November and they’ve not been identified, indeed it isn’t even clear which part of the United States this gentlemen is from, they would seem to be correct.

    Even if they find out who he is and where he’s from, how exactly would he be returned to the United States? It’s unlikely that he can be deported as he cannot travel unaccompanied and it would no doubt violate his human rights.

    I suspect that this gentlemen will be here quite a while yet.

  3. How’s that e-borders IT system coming along? Do we really have no idea who arrived here from the USA recently, is male and aged 70+, and hasn’t returned yet?

  4. “Andrew M
    March 11, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    How’s that e-borders IT system coming along? Do we really have no idea who arrived here from the USA recently, is male and aged 70+, and hasn’t returned yet?”

    I thought you guys didn’t have ID checking for intra EU travel. If that’s the case, fly in somewhere on the continent, take the Chunnel across to the UK, tell dad to sit there and have a coffee – you’ll be right back, back out to France to catch your flight home.

  5. Agammamon

    Not so. All passports are checked on the way in to the UK at airports and ports. At Eurotunnel and Eurostar, passport control is on the French side.

  6. I thought you guys didn’t have ID checking for intra EU travel.

    I think you’re getting confused with the Schengen Agreement countries.

    The UK is not a part of Schengen.

  7. In any case with Schengen there’s a joined-up information system with entry information at least. In principle exit too, but the French often don’t bother at calais.

  8. Bloke in Germany in Hong Kong

    @SMFS,

    In what sense is this event occasioned by “socialism waging war on the familly”? Absent the socialist bits of elder care the family would have to bear the full cost rather than some of the cost. This family appears to have decided it wants none of the cost, but that decision would only have been easier under a less socialist system (under which their costs would have been higher).

    Or we could go back to the non-socialist system you might like, in which these non-contributing people tend to spend a lot of time falling down staircases, or “getting confused” and going out on dark nights in driving blizzards.

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