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Hospital discharges: figures highlight impact of delays

by admin | 26th November 2013

Hospital discharges: figures highlight impact of delays

NHS figures have highlighted the growing impact of delays in discharging patients in England once they are fit to leave hospital.

Last month the number of days “lost” by patients who needed the beds was the highest for more than three years.

Senior doctors working in accident and emergency departments say it is a major cause for concern.

NHS England said it was aware of the problem, but care working groups across the country were tackling it.

The problem facing the health service is about making sure patients who are fit to leave hospital can recover in the right place, and their beds are made available to others who need them.

Figures from NHS England show the number of hospital bed days lost because of delayed discharges in October was 78,424.

 

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By Adam BrimelowHealth Correspondent, BBC News, 23 November 2013

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