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NHS spends £4m a week on elderly who block beds

24th September 2012

A report by the NHS Confederation has found that the health service is spending almost £4 million a week on keeping elderly patients in hospital unnecessarily.

According to the Daily Mail, patients - most of whom were elderly - spent 76,000 days in hospital last year when they did not need to be there. The delays are reportedly because councils have not arranged care for patients at home, meaning they could not be discharged. Jo Webber of the NHS Confederation said: "The Health Service cannot keep on picking up the pieces of a broken social care system."

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Christine Chapman

Tuesday 2nd October 2012 @ 17:12

Please refrain from using the words bed, block and elderly in your headlines. It is extremely offensive and bizarrely puts the blame on elderly patients for being there, rather than those responsible for ensuring and enabling them to either go home, into care or into suitable rehabilitation (where that actually exists). Don't put the blame on the elderly, by cheap headlines!


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