Many patients are fit to leave hospital – but they can’t. Why? Because the right care and support isn’t available for them at home. They find themselves trapped in hospital beds – beds that are needed for new patients.
These people are commonly known as ‘bed-blockers’ – as if they themselves are the problem.
A new report released today revealed that ‘bed-blocking’ is costing NHS England more than £800 million a year and 1.15 million lost hospital bed days.
This is an issue. But let’s be clear – it is almost always never the fault of the patient. These delays are caused by pressure on health services and a lack of investment in care services for adults.