NHS England has today published it’s latest statistics on delayed transfers of care. The latest figures show a steady increase in delayed discharge from hospital settings over the past 12 months.
Responding to these statistics, our Chair, Anna Bradley, said:
“The figures from NHS England show that, while delayed discharge dropped over Christmas as expected, the number of people being kept in hospital when deemed fit to leave rose again after December and has been increasing steadily throughout the past 12 months.
“Local Healthwatch work on discharge shows how important it is for patients, and their families and carers, to be involved in planning how and when they are going to leave hospital. This planning needs to start from the moment a patient first arrives.
“Discharging patients safely and in a timely manner would free up thousands of bed days, save money and, most importantly, get people home sooner – which is where we all want to be.”