And how that could be cut by the judicious use of community hospital beds … the ones now being cut!
“Some NHS patients are now waiting more than 100 days to be discharged after their treatment, according to figures from NHS England. The data reveal that in the year to July 31, patients waited a total of 1,685,604 days to be discharged after they were declared ready to go home, an increase of 15.8% on the previous year. The figures on delayed discharges reveal that in July patients waited a total of 147,005 days to be discharged. About 62% of the delays were attributable to the NHS, 30% were due to social services, and the remainder were caused by both.
The Sunday Times, Page: 16″