| PRESSURE groups fighting for carers and their charges to get the State benefits they are entitled to say over 20,000 patients have died waiting to receive them.
The Law of Dependence became effective in late 2007, and since then, the hundreds of thousands of residents in Spain have been fighting hard to get the promised financial grants.
Recent studies show that the Valencia region is among the worst parts of the country for unpaid carers' benefits.
Only four per cent of applicants have received their money, and 20,000 carers say their elderly or sick dependants have died before being paid.
And when the subject of a carers' benefits application dies, the amount allocated to them is simply removed from the pot rather than the next person being bumped up the waiting list.
A total of 25,291 people whose applications have been approved are still waiting for their money, years down the line.