Today the charity Age UK releases a new report highlighting a rise in delayed discharges of older people from hospital wards largely due to a lack of social care provision.
Its findings reveal that between just two years (January 2014 to December 2014 and January 2015 to December 2015), there has been a 28.4% increase in the number of hospital days lost.
Almost three million (2,998,273) hospital bed days were lost between June 2010 and January 2016, at a cost of £910 million.
Commenting in response, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy, at national hospice care charity Hospice UK, said:
“It is shameful that so many older people have to endure prolonged stays in hospital against their needs and wishes because of service shortages and dysfunctions in the rest of the care system.
“We know that many terminally ill people are also in hospital beds with no clinical need to be there and would benefit from being supported by their local hospice or at home.
“Many hospices are working closely with hospitals to address this issue, including on rapid discharge schemes and providing home-based support. Not only will these initiatives help ensure that care is provided that better meets people’s needs and preferences, it will also go a long way to help reduce the immense pressures on hospitals.”
Notes to editor
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
- Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
- For further information about hospice care follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
- Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK at: www.ehospice.com/uk This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews.