Figures from NHS England indicate the number of hospital bed days lost because of delayed discharges during October 2013 was 78,424; up nearly 8,000 on last year. This represents the highest number of bed days lost due to delayed transfers of care since monthly data has been published (from August 2010).
The NHS England statistics indicate problems in the adequacy of provision of appropriate social care, which would help enable patients to be discharged safely with post-discharge support at home or in care homes. The number of hospital bed days lost with the delay attributed primarily to social care difficulties was 14,830 in October 2013; the highest since April 2011.
Brimelow, A. (2013). Hospital discharges: figures highlight impact of delays. London: BBC Health News, November 23rd 2013.
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Bed-blocking patients ‘should be decanted to other hospitals’. London: BBC News Cornwall, October 29th 2013.
Possibly of interest:
Fenton, D. (2014). Bournemouth Hospital bed blockers ‘face legal action’. Dorset: BBC South Today / BBC Health News, November 20th 2014.
A more recent BBC News analysis:
Brimelow, A. (2014). Delayed discharges in England reach record high. London: BBC Health News, November 28th 2014.
Nurses ‘delay hospital discharges’ over support fears. London: BBC Health News, February 24th 2015.