Dr Ros Altmann responds to the shocking statistics that older patients are blocking acute care beds because of a lack of social care funding

Wednesday 5 January 2011

Dr Ros Altmann responds to the shocking statistics that older patients are blocking acute care beds because of a lack of social care funding

"The fact that over 2,500 people are stuck in hospital for the want of a proper local authority care plan is shocking - and it is good news that the Government has at last recognised that more needs to be done to make the care system fit for purpose. However, a related issue, that is too often overlooked, is the scandal of thousands of unnecessary admissions to hospital every year due to lack of appropriate domiciliary care."

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