I live in Scotland and my mother has been going through a medical assessment, continuing care assessment and appeal against refusal of NHS Contiunuing Care for many months. The Doctors involved in the assessment and review are in our family's opinion ignoring and failing to document relevant evidence. This is of concern to us as from our research we believe that our mother is clearly suffering from a crossover between different types of dementia, but the doctors have completely failed to acknowledge this, speak to us, or suggest any methods whatsoever of approaching some of the resulting behavioural complications. We had been assured by the local NHS that the consultant appointed to review the initial assessment would be from a different NHS area and would be fully independent of the original local assessors. Since the review and the confirmation of refusal to fund care we have learned that the reviewing consultant, although from another NHS area, has long term previous professional association with one of the consultants who we have complained had acted unprofessionally in the initial assessment. We have tried to locate a truly independent medical assessor through a charity organisation specialising in this subject, based in Scotland, but have been informed that they do not have any information whatsoever on medical/mental health assessors who are genuinely independent. We also attempted to source an assessor through the private health care sector(although aware that many private consultants are also linked with the NHS). We initially received a positive response to our enquiry for independent testing from the private sector, but were informed a few hours later that the Consultant would no longer be available to offer an independent opinion. Does anyone know where I could source a genuinely independent Consultant Psychogeriatrician, free from any potential local Consultant network loyalties, who would be able to carry out an independent assesment and diagnosis in the West Central Scotland area?