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29% more patients forced to remain in hospital

30th April 2012

Department of Health data has shown that in less than two years the amount of patients who are made to stay in hospital although they are well enough to go home has increased by 29%.

Incidences of "bed-blocking" rose by 10% last month. Labour's Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, Liz Kendall, told the Daily Telegraph: "More than £1.3 billion has been cut from older people's social care since the government came to power. But cutting vital services and support for older people ends up costing us all more."  

 

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