1. starryuk

    starryuk Registered User

    Nov 8, 2012
    1,299
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33154093

    From Age UK:

    'The charity's analysis of NHS England data for the last financial year showed the days spent stuck in hospital included:

    174,000 waiting for a residential home place

    216,000 waiting for a nursing home place

    206,000 waiting for help from social care workers or district nurses to get people back into their own home

    41,400 waiting for ramps or stairlifts to be installed into patients' homes.'

    and:

    'Age UK said it was bad for patients' health, a waste of NHS resources and a huge cost to taxpayers.'

    Too true!! grrr.
     
  2. Witzend

    Witzend Registered User

    Aug 29, 2007
    4,296
    SW London
    My group piano lesson and a stack of other adult ed courses were moved last year - from a building that was once a secondary school and is now going to be one again, to a purpose-built, bright and sunny care home which the council had seen fit to close. While we were all grateful to have a new home for our classes, I found it astonishing that any council would close such a care home when there is growing and urgent need, not to mention people languishing in hospital because they can't be sent home.

    I have recently heard that the care home is to be re-opened, as a halfway house for people who no longer need hospital beds but can't yet be sent home. However this is just a rumour and since it is such a sensible and obvious idea the cynic in me can't help thinking that it isn't going to happen.
     
  3. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    10,531
    Female
    South coast
    I suspect that the council is so strapped for cash that they closed it as a money saving exercise and assumed that the private sector would fill the gap. Unfortunately everyone - NHS, SS, LA - are all protecting their own pot of cash and the private sector is just not responding fast enough. I guess its not an easy thing for the private sector to get into. Its all a mess.
     
  4. 2jays

    2jays Registered User

    Jun 4, 2010
    11,603
    West Midlands
    What's so sad, in my opinion, is that these "bed blockers" or their families, are made to feel it's their fault for blocking the bed.. Mainly by the media I know, but the implication is still there...


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  5. Liz57

    Liz57 Registered User

    Dec 22, 2013
    184
    It never ceases to amaze and sadden me that the "powers that be" consistently fail to recognise the effect their actions or inactions have. Cut funding for care and the knock on effect ranges from increased waiting times at A&E departments to queues at the local crematorium not to mention over stressed carers clogging GP waiting rooms and the sheer inhumanity of scared vulnerable older people being left to fend for themselves in a complex and complicated world. This is not rocket science. Cut corners in one area and you increase costs in another. Simples!
     
  6. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    10,531
    Female
    South coast
    Indeed Liz - but its someone elses costs - not theirs :mad:
     

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