PATIENTS WITH DELAYED RELEASE FROM HOSPITAL OCCUPY OVER 2,500 HOSPITAL BEDS
- 23 Mar
Due to inadequacies in the social care system, patients with delayed release occupy over 2,500 hospital beds.
'Bed-blocking' occurs when patients are fit to leave the hospital but other issues prevent them from getting discharged.
According to the BBC, in spite of the fact that the NHS is to blame for most delayed transfers, the numbers attributable to social care are also on the rise.
- There were 1.87 million delayed days between April 2016 and the end of January 2017
- More than 1 million of the above were caused by the NHS
- Social care was responsible for 635,000
- Both the NHS and social care were to blame for 145,000 delays
While analysing delays caused by social care pressures, the BBC England data unit made the following findings:
- Generally, there are 12 days lost per 1,000 people aged 18 and over across 151 areas
- There are wide variations across the country
- Cumbria County Council had the highest rate of delays in England, with 78 days per 1,000 people
- Delays caused by social care alone have more than doubled in the past five years
Prime Minister, Theresa May had said this to the BBC earlier in the year:
"We need to ensure that best practice is spread around the country. There are some councils where there are virtually no delayed discharges from hospitals into social care, there are others, there are 24 councils, that account for 50% of the delayed discharges."
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